By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — One year from election day, Gov. Tony Evers is officially under water.
The Democrat’s job approval rating has plummeted in recent months, falling to 45 percent in the latest Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday. The poll of 805 registered voters, conducted Oct. 26-31, finds 46 percent disapprove of the job Evers is doing. His job approval rating has fallen 5 percentage points since August, when he garnered 50 percent support. His disapproval rating at the time was 43 percent.
The governor’s numbers have plunged 20 percentage points since late-March 2020.
Evers is viewed favorably by 42 percent of the poll’s respondents and unfavorably by 45 percent, with 13 percent saying they don’t know enough about him or don’t have an opinion.
It gets worse for the far left incumbent.
Among registered voters, only 40 percent say they would re-elect Evers, while 53 percent would vote for someone else.
The poll finds a majority of those surveyed (51 percent) believe Wisconsin is headed in the wrong direction, while just 41 percent said it is on the right track.
President Joe Biden’s numbers have plummeted, too. His job approval rating in Wisconsin declined to 43 percent, with 53 percent saying they disapprove. That’s down from a 49 percent job approval rating in August.
The Democrat’s worst marks come in his handling of the economy, with 56 percent disapproving. That’s down from 46 percent in August. The 10 percentage point dip has much to do with rising concerns over inflation. The latest poll shows 64 percent of registered voters are very concerned about the rapidly rising costs of goods and services. That’s up from 49 percent in August.
And Biden’s strongest ratings, his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, have slipped as well — 50 percent approval, down 4 percentage points from the last Marquette poll.
Incumbents in general don’t fare well.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) is viewed favorably by 38 percent of Wisconsin registered voters and unfavorably by 39 percent. Another 22 percent do not have an opinion. She was slightly above water in August’s poll.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) has a favorability rating of 36 percent, while 42 percent of respondents disapprove. Twenty-two percent don’t have an opinion.
Among registered voters surveyed, 38 percent said they would vote for the senator in 2022, 52 percent would vote for someone else and 10 percent said they didn’t know or declined to answer.