By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Wisconsinites remain sour on the direction of a state led by Gov. Tony Evers, according to the latest University of Marquette Law School poll.
Yet, the Democrat remains above water in voter ratings.
The poll, released Wednesday, finds just 37% of respondents believe Wisconsin is heading in the right direction, while 56% say it’s on the wrong track. That’s been the trend for nearly a year.
Still, the poll finds Evers’ approval rating at 48%, with 45% of respondents disapproving. That’s down a percentage point from the law school’s last poll in April, when 49% approved of his performance. Evers’ job approval rating has fallen 17 percentage points since its high water mark of 65% in late March 2020.
In the first poll conducted since he entered the race in April, Republican candidate for governor Tim Michels is the choice of 27% of respondents (including independents who lean Republican) and independents who say they will vote in the GOP primary for governor. Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch checks in with 26%, with businessman and conservative activist Kevin Nicholson polling at 10%. State. Rep. Tim Ramthun garnered 3% Nearly one-third of Republican primary voters remain undecided, down from 46% who were undecided in the April poll.
The poll for the first time in the mid-term election cycle surveyed voters on preference for governor. Evers out-polls all Republican candidates, leading Kleefisch 47% to 43%. That’s well within the poll’s 6.3% margin of error. Evers leads Michels by 7 points (48% to 41%). Against Nicholson, Evers is up by 8 points (48% to 40%), and holds a 17 point lead (51% to 34%) lead over Ramthun.
In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is on top with 25% support, followed by Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry (21%), state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski (9%) and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson (7%).
“Many Democratic primary voters remain undecided, with 36% saying they don’t know how they will vote, which is less than the 48% who were undecided in the April survey,’ the law school poll states.
President Biden’s poll numbers in Wisconsin, like nationally, continue to plummet. The Democrat’s approval rating dropped to 40%, down from 43% in April. It’s Biden’s lowest approval rating in the Marquette Law School Poll since taking office. A stunning 57% of respondents disapprove of the job Biden is doing.