Democratic Challenger Leads Bachmann by 2 Points in New Poll - the Hill’s Ballot Box
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) trails her 2014 Democratic challenger Jim Graves by two percentage points, according to a new poll conducted for Graves’s campaign.
Bachmann has 45 percent support compared to 47 percent for Graves, according to an early survey of the race conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Graves commissioned the poll.
The two-percentage-point lead is within the poll’s plus or minus 4-point margin of error, indicating the race is statistically tied.
Perhaps more troublesome for Bachmann are her favorables: She’s seen unfavorably by 51 percent of respondents, while 46 percent view her positively. Graves is seen favorably by 39 percent and unfavorably by 33 percent of respondents, but a full 28 percent are still unsure of how they feel about him.
Graves also posts stronger crossover appeal, with 17 percent support among Republicans, while Bachmann has the backing of only eight percent of Democrats.