Rep. Michele Bachmann, who for a brief time earlier this year became a leading candidate for the GOP presidential nomination before ultimately falling out of contention, now finds herself vulnerable for re-election to her Minnesota congressional seat, according to a new poll.
Bachmann receives low marks on both her job performance and personal favorability, according to the pollsters, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, which conducted the survey for Bachmann’s Democratic opponent, Jim Graves.
While she is well-defined and almost universally known, her support is below 50 percent in a two-way contest for Congress, according to the pollsters. Her weaker standing leaves her vulnerable to defeat in this November’s election against businessman Graves, they add.
After dropping out of the 2012 presidential race, the archly conservative Bachmann opted instead to seek a fourth term representing Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.
Bachmann’s district is not as conservative as conventional wisdom might indicate, the pollsters say. Indeed, Bachmann first won her House seat in 2006 with just 50 percent of the vote. She was re-elected in 2010 with 52 percent of the vote in what was a big year for Republicans nationally.
Although there is indeed a general Republican tilt in the district, feelings among voters are split on favorability for Planned Parenthood vs. anti-abortion groups, the pollsters say. Also, the tea party — which Bachmann attempted to cultivate as a base of support for her presidential campaign — polls net negative in her district.
According to his pollsters, Graves describes himself as a businessman who built the AmericInn chain “from the ground up.”
President Obama and Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar poll ahead of Bachmann in terms of favorability, according to the poll results.
The poll is based on a survey of of 505 registered and likely November 2012 voters, and is subject to a sampling error of ±4.4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence interval, the pollsters say. The results are based on phone calls which took place June 12-14.