Democratic Poll: Bachmann Vulnerable in Reelection Bid
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., withdrew from the presidential race in January to focus on her reelection campaign, but a new poll conducted for her Democratic opponent shows Bachmann with only a tenuous, single-digit lead in her bid for a fourth term in the House.
Bachmann leads businessman Jim Graves, 48 percent to 43 percent, according to a memorandum from the Democratic, Washington-based polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, which conducted the survey. Nine percent of likely voters are undecided.
As a result of her high profile in the House and her presidential campaign, Bachmann enjoys near-universal name identification, but she elicits more negative feelings from the district's likely voters than positive ones. A majority, 51 percent, give her a cool, or negative, rating, compared to just 35 percent who give her a warm, positive rating.
Voters also lean negative on her job performance, with only 39 percent rating it "good" or "excellent," while 56 percent choose "just fair" or "poor." Twice as many likely voters call her job performance "poor" as rate it "excellent."