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Marquette Poll: Tight race for Wisconsin governor

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — With less than three months to go before the mid-terms, the race for Wisconsin governor is a statistical dead heat, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll.

Democrat incumbent Gov. Tony Evers leads newly minted Republican challenger Tim Michels 45% to 43%, but the numbers are within the poll’’s margin of error of +/-4.2 percentage points.

Businessman Michels last week won a bruising Republican primary to meet Evers in November’s general election.

Evers’ performance numbers continue to sag.

HIs job approval ratings declined to 47%, with 45% of poll respondents disapproving. That’s down 3 percentage points from February, when 50% of voters surveyed approved of the Democrat’s performance.

And a majority of respondents (56%) believe Wisconsin is headed in the wrong direction, with just 35% saying the state is on the right track. Confidence in the state’s direction has plummeted since the beginning of the COVID outbreak in spring 2020.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, a Democrat, leads incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson 51% to 44% in MU Law School’s latest poll.

“Vote preference includes those who say they are undecided but who say they lean toward a candidate,” the poll notes.

Barnes wrapped up the Democratic Party primary last week in a cake walk, with his three closest competitors bowing out just days before the election. Johnson blew out his primary challenger.

In the June poll, Barnes edged Johnson 46% to 44%.

President Joe Biden remains as unpopular in the Badger State as ever.

The latest poll shows Biden’s approval rating at a mere 40%, the same as the June survey. His disapproval rating dropped slightly from 57% to 55%. Biden’s approval ratings in Wisconsin have long been buried under water.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin remains around even in her poll numbers, with 39% of respondents having s favorable opinion of the Madison Democrat and 37% viewing her unfavorably.

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2 thoughts on “Marquette Poll: Tight race for Wisconsin governor

  • I really cannot understand how the WI Governor race can be even close? Evers is obviously in place to destroy WI. What are people in this state thinking?

  • Evers did a poor job for Wisconsin schools and for the State as governor. Everything he is taking credit for in his commercials was done by the Republican run Legislature against Evers oppositional vetoes. I cannot imagine how anyone can be approving his performance, except of course, the brainwashed teachers and their union handlers.

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