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New MN-01 Poll: Feehan-Hagedorn Tied; Voters Sour on Hagedorn After Ethics Scandal

Sep 14, 2020

Feehan takes the lead when voters learn of Hagedorn’s ties to corporate special interests

59% of voters are concerned about the corruption scandal surrounding Hagedorn

A new poll of voters in Minnesota’s First Congressional District, commissioned by End Citizens United (ECU) and conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), shows Dan Feehan and Congressman Jim Hagedorn tied at 41%. Click here to see the polling memo.

The poll also exposes Jim Hagedorn’s vulnerability as a first-term Congressman who won by less than one point in 2018, with only 36% holding a favorable opinion and 35% holding an unfavorable opinion. When voters are informed of Hagedorn’s ties to corporate special interests and potential ethics violations, Feehan takes the lead 44% to 39%. Fifty-nine percent of voters are concerned about the corruption scandal surrounding Jim Hagedorn for potentially violating House Ethics by paying a company owned by one of his staffers to print taxpayer-funded mailers for campaign purposes. Ethics experts have confirmed that Hagedorn’s office broke House rules.

“Jim Hagedorn has quickly embedded himself in Washington’s culture of corruption, and Minnesota voters have noticed. The combination of Hagedorn’s close ties to corporate special interests and the bombshell ethics scandal spells trouble for his already struggling re-election campaign,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “On the other hand, Dan Feehan continues to earn the support of Minnesotans by staying true to his grassroots, people-powered campaign. His decision to reject corporate PAC money and prioritize anti-corruption reforms stands in stark contrast to the corruption overshadowing Hagedorn’s term.”

PPP surveyed 885 likely voters in MN-01 from September 10 – September 11, 2020. The margin of error is +/- 3.3%.

ECU endorsed Dan Feehan in October 2019 and has more than four million members nationwide, including 4,600 in MN-01. The group is entirely grassroots-funded with an average donation of just $14.