The latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll found that 49 percent of Minnesota voters are backing (R) Jim Schultz, compared to 42 percent of voters who are backing (D) Keith Ellison in their race for Attorney General. The poll also found that 9 percent of voters are undecided. In KSTP/SurveyUSA’s September poll, Shultz was led by Ellison by six points, then took the lead slowly since then. Now, under a week out from the election, Ellison’s team is likely fearing that Shultz growing lead is too much to overcome.
Jim Schultz took to Twitter to share the results of the poll just under a week out from the election, in the Tweet he also added: “Minnesotans are ready for change!”
🚨 NEW POLL 🚨
Minnesotans are ready for change! pic.twitter.com/UGSTOvuDHH
— Jim Schultz for Attorney General (@JimForMN) November 1, 2022
The change that Minnesota voters could be voting Republican for is likely due to Minnesota’s rising crime rates, according to a Pew Research Center, their polling found that for Americans voting in the Midterm elections, 61 percent of all voters believe violent crime is “very important” when making their decision on who to elect. Shultz has chosen to take the position of being tough on crime.
On the crime issue, Schultz has a 54-point advantage over Ellison at 73 to 19 percent.
“The fact that Schultz has a huge margin amongst those who think crime is a top issue really helps to explain his lead,” Schier added.
Interestingly, Ellison’s lead in the Twin Cities metro area is only six percent, which is well below the double-digit lead many other statewide Democrats hold in that area. However, Schultz has “big leads in every other part of the state,” KSTP reported.
The poll surveyed 836 likely Minnesota voters from October 26 to October 30. The survey’s margin of error is ±3.9 percent.
According to the Minnesota 2021 uniform crime report, in 2021, Minnesota had 201 murders, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. This is an 8.5% increase and a 21.6% increase in violent crime for the year 2021, with the previous record having been set in 2020. Crime is on the rise in Minnesota, and its residents are getting tired of living around it, so they’re turning to Jim Shultz to hopefully resolve the issue of their rising crime in recent years.