A new Rasmussen poll reaffirms that Minnesotans want their disputed Senate race to finally end and for Norm Coleman to concede defeat to Al Franken, with the result still bottled up over six months after Election Day.
The poll asked this straightforward question: "Should Norm Coleman concede now and let Al Franken be seated in the United States Senate?" A 54% majority said Coleman should concede, against 41% saying Coleman should not. In the crosstabs, 87% of Democrats want Coleman to concede, 77% of Republicans want him to stay in, and 53% of independent say he should quit.
The poll also asked whether Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty should sign an election certificate for Franken should the Democrat win at the state Supreme Court, and the answer was overwhelming: 67% Yes, 25% No.
The two men also have identically bad personal favorable numbers, though obviously from different sets of voters. Both of them have favorable ratings of only 44%, with 55% unfavorable. The two candidates waged a campaign in 2008 marked by open mutual hatred and bitter personal attacks against each other, and the legal contest hasn't exactly been a polite Midwestern affair, either.