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MN-6 Poll: Bachmann Lookin' Good

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been a national lightning rod since entering Congress in January 2007 and one in Minnesota long before that. But the second-term congresswoman from Stillwater still has support in her 6th District and they don't mind her focus on being a national conservative leader, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling.

The survey finds 53 percent approving of Bachmann's job performance, including 51 percent of independents. Just more than a third of voters said they find Bachmann's political views to be extremist and about the same amount say she is too conservative. Compare that to the 54 percent who say her views are not extremist and 56 percent who think she's not too conservative -- she's about right -- and it's clear why she holds healthy leads over two potential Democratic opponents.

Bachmann leads state Sen. Tarryl Clark by a 55%-37% margin, and holds a 53%-37% lead over Maureen Reed, a doctor and 2006 Independence Party nominee for lietenant governor.

Asked about how Bachmann spends her time in Washington, 32 percent said she focuses more on advocating for the 6th District and 48 percent said her focus is on being "a leader in the National Conservative Movement."

While Bachmann enjoys majority support, Democrats and Republicans in Congress do not -- 55 percent disapprove of the job Republicans are doing and 62% disapprove of Democrats.

The survey was taken Dec. 17-20 of 719 registered voters in the district, with a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.