Poll: Close race between Walker and Burke; Walker's approval rating remains about 50 percent

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A new poll shows a close race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

The Marquette law school poll released Monday says 47 percent of registered voters would vote for Walker and 41 percent support Burke. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

A Marquette poll conducted in October showed Walker with a smaller edge over Burke, 47 percent to 45 percent.

Pollster Charles Franklin says the numbers suggest people are still making up their minds about Burke, a former executive with Trek Bicycle Corp. He says it's interesting that Walker's number didn't go up, considering that he has a 51 percent approval rating.

The poll of 802 registered voters was conducted from Jan. 20 through Thursday, with about 700 interviews conducted before the governor's State of the State address last week.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Half of registered Wisconsin voters approve of the job Gov. Scott Walker is doing.

The Marquette law school released its latest poll numbers Monday. The poll says 51 percent of voters approve of how the Republican governor is handling is job. Another 42 percent disapprove, and 6 percent say they're not sure.

Those numbers are generally in line with Walker's recent ratings. His average approval rating has been 49.9 percent, and his disapproval rating has averaged a little over 44 percent.

Approval ratings refer to how well people think Walker's doing his job. Their favorability impressions of Walker as a person trend similarly.

The poll says 49 percent see him favorably and 44 unfavorably, about the same as in October.

The poll interviewed 802 registered votes between Jan. 20 and Thursday. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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