EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Which is better – being approved or being known?
With a little less than eight weeks before voters cast primary votes, many democrats in the race to become Wisconsin's next governor are struggling with the latter, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday.
In an interview with WEAU on Wednesday, Prof. Charles Franklin, the director of the poll, said the field has a long way to go in introducing themselves to voters.
"That's an opportunity yet, but it's still a challenge as well – especially with late television advertising that is the best way for voters to get to know the names and become familiar with the candidates," he said.
State superintendent Tony Evers remains the top Democrat in the field, with 25 percent of likely voters saying they'll vote for him in August’s primary. After that, however, it drops off. Three candidates – former chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Matt Flynn, reform activist Mike McCabe, and Madison mayor Paul Soglin – came in second place, with 7 percent each.
The front-runner was "Don't Know" with 34 percent.
“These big fields are unusual and I think one of the problems you're seeing right now is how hard it is for any individual candidate to break away from the pack when they're competing with nine others,” Franklin said. “Evers has a little advantage of having been elected statewide several times before. None of the others have that advantage.
“That means that of the other nine, they're competing to get attention, to do something that lets them stand out … and our results show that none of them have yet succeeded in really doing that.”
Wednesday's poll also looked at potential gubernatorial matchups against incumbent Scott Walker. On the surface, McCabe squares up the best against walker – polling two percent back (44%-42%) of the two-term Republican.
"If we only had three candidates and they were all really well known on the Democratic side, you might see real distinctions between them of who's stronger and who's weaker,” Franklin said. “In this case, I think we're getting a strong partisan effect and then a little bit of variation due to the candidates."
Franklin said there will be at least one more poll released before the August primary. That's planned for some time next month.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's approval rating is inching up in Wisconsin.
The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed Trump's approval rating at 44 percent, up from 43 percent in the last Marquette poll in March. It was at 41 percent in the June 2017 Marquette poll.
Trump's disapproval rating was 50 percent, the same as in March.
The poll continued to show a stark partisan divide over his job performance, with 87 percent of Republicans approving and 93 percent of Democrats disapproving. Most independents -- 51 percent to 41 percent -- disapproved of his work.
The latest poll surveyed 800 registered voters between June 13 and Sunday, before reports of Trump's administration separating children from parents who cross the border illegally began building. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's approval rating is rising a bit as the campaign season ramps up.
The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed Walker's approval rating at 49 percent. That's up 2 percentage points from the last Marquette poll in March.
His disapproval rate was at 47 percent, unchanged from March. Three percent didn't know or didn't have an opinion.
The poll surveyed 800 registered voters between June 13 and Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The 10 Democrats running for governor still aren't well-known among Wisconsin voters.
That's according to a new Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday.
The poll found that more than 60 percent of respondents don't know or haven't heard enough about any of the candidates. Public schools Superintendent Tony Evers was the best known of all them; 61 percent said they didn't know enough about him. The rest of the field was all above 70 percent.
In the Republican U.S. Senate primary, 69 percent said they hadn't heard about Kevin Nicholson. Seventy-two percent said they didn't know about Leah Vukmir.
The poll surveyed 800 registered voters between June 13 and Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.