A new public opinion poll in Missouri offers good news for both major political parties — and cautionary notes for each.
The poll was prepared by DFM Research of Minnesota on behalf of the United Transportation Union. It mostly deals with transportation issues, but asked general questions about the fall ballot in the state.
▪ Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, leads Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat, 49 percent to 35 percent. (UPDATE: A separate but contemporaneous poll, taken by Remington Research for Missouri Scout, has it Blunt 44 percent, Kander 37 percent.)
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▪ Kander is unknown in the state. Forty percent of those surveyed have never heard of him, compared with five percent who’ve never heard of Blunt.
▪ Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump, 42 percent to 40 percent.
▪ Chris Koster, the Democrat, is ahead of all four Republican candidates for governor. Peter Kinder is close; the rest lose by double-digits.
▪ Catherine Hanaway also lacks name ID in the GOP governor’s race. Forty-one percent of respondents have never heard of her.
▪ Trump has the highest unfavorable rating of any of the 11 politicians in the survey: 63 percent unfavorable. Fifty-six percent have unfavorable views of Barack Obama.
▪ Sen. Claire McCaskill has the highest favorable rating, at 49 percent.
The margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points with a 95 percent confidence level.