Poll: Governor's race remains close, Walker's approval rating drops, voters uncertain of Walker's empathy

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- President Barack Obama's approval rating is 47 percent among registered Wisconsin voters.

   A Marquette University law school poll released Wednesday shows Obama's approval rating has improved some since January, when it was 44 percent. Forty-nine percent disapprove of the job he's doing, down 1 point from January.

   The results show Obama's favorability is rebounding some since the health care rollout last fall. Before that, 49 percent approved of Obama and 46 percent disapproved.

   The poll also shows greater support for health care reform. The poll says 39 percent of respondents have a favorable view of the overhaul and 50 percent have an unfavorable view. Eleven percent didn't know.

   The poll of 801 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A new poll shows Wisconsin voters see Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke as more empathetic than Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The Marquette law school poll released Wednesday says 43 percent of registered voters think Walker cares about people like them. Fifty-one percent do not, and 5 percent don't know.

The poll says 36 percent think Burke cares about people like them, while 29 percent do not. Thirty-four percent say they aren't sure if Burke cares about people like them.

Pollster Charles Franklin says it's a little surprising that more than half of voters don't see a sitting governor as caring about them.

The poll of 801 registered voters was done between March 20 and 23. It is the first poll since the two campaigns started advertising in the governor's race.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A new poll shows the race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke remains close.

The Marquette law school poll released Wednesday says 48 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 January had nearly the same results.

The poll of 801 registered voters was done between March 20 and 23. It is the first poll since the two campaigns started advertising in the governor's race.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Less than half of registered Wisconsin voters approve of the job Gov. Scott Walker is doing.

That's according to poll numbers released Wednesday by Marquette University's law school. The poll says 47 percent of voters approve of how the Republican governor is handling his job. The same portion disapprove, and 6 percent are unsure.

Pollster Charles Franklin says the numbers show "a little bit of a tick downward" in Walker's approval rating. A January poll found 51 approved of Walker's job performance.

The poll also asks how voters see Walker as a person. Forty-nine percent see him favorably and 47 percent unfavorably, about the same as in January.

The poll interviewed 801 registered votes between March 20 and 23. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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