Thu May 17, 2012
Latest Marquette poll shows Walker up by six percent
New polling in the governor's recall race shows Republican incumbent Scott Walker ahead of Milwaukee Mayor and Democrat Tom Barrett by six percent. But the survey also shows most people don't like the methods Walker uses to make changes in the state.
The Marquette University telephone poll of 600 likely voters was taken last Wednesday through Saturday, after the primary elections. Pollster Charles Franklin says a poll done before the primaries showed Walker and Barrett dead even. But Franklin says Walker is now ahead of Barrett 50 to 44 percent.
Franklin also says Walker has been outspending Barrett in the race, including on television commercials. The margin of error in the governor's results is just over four percentage points. But Franklin says one more result may be an opening for Barrett. The polls shows 38 percent don't like what Walker has done as governor and another 22 percent like what he's done but not how he's done it. Franklin says the 22 percent have ambivalent feelings about the first term governor.
The job approval question was asked of 704 registered voters and has a margin of error just below four percent. The Marquette poll also shows Republican Rebecca Kleefisch six points ahead of Democrat Mahlon Mitchell in the lieutenant governor's contest.