A new Rasmussen poll has some fairly decent news for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who has of course just emerged from a recount and a six-month long legal battle to take his new political office, with his favorable ratings improving from past lows.
The poll finds Franken’s favorable rating at 49%, with 49% disapproval. While that would be considered lukewarm for most politicians, consider the fact that Franken and former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) went though a particularly brutal campaign that saw each of them get only 42% of the vote, and both had low favorables and high unfavorables as recently as May.
Interestingly, Coleman is also at 49%-49%, as he reportedly contemplates a run for governor. It’s probably a safe bet that the two sets of people who like Franken or like Coleman don’t overlap very much.
The poll also finds that 60% of Minnesotans think he can still be an effective Senator, despite the late start.