By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers’ numbers have sunk in yet another poll, with the Democrat below 50 percent approval heading into next year’s election.
The poll of 1,000 Wisconsin registered voters, conducted by renown pollster Scott Rasmussen for the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), finds Evers’ approval rating at 48 percent, while 47 percent disapprove of the governor’s performance.
Evers’ numbers have slipped since last month, when a Marquette Law School poll found the governor’s approval rating at 50 percent, with disapproval at 43 percent. The liberal has seen his approval ratings plummet 17 points since a late-March 2020 Marquette Law School poll showed Evers enjoyed a 65 percent approval rating, while 29 percent disapproved of his job performance.
President Joe Biden is underwater, according to WILL’s poll, with an approval rating of 47 percent among Wisconsin voters, and a 51 percent disapproval rating.
The poll, conducted from Aug. 22-28, also finds broad support for voter integrity reforms — the kind of legislation that Evers vetoed earlier this year.
Poll results include:
— 87% of voters favor a requirement for every election clerk to use the same standards for correcting errors on absentee ballots – a practice known as ballot curing.
— 84% of Wisconsin voters support the current law requiring everyone to show photo ID before casting a ballot, including majorities of both Republicans and Democrats.
— 76% favor making in-person absentee voting hours the same everywhere across the state, including majorities of both Republicans and Democrats.
— 69% of voters favor a uniform statewide requirement for people voting by mail to provide a copy of a photo ID with their ballot, including majorities of both Republicans and Democrats.
— 65% of voters favor a ban on the practice known as ballot harvesting – a measure recently vetoed by Governor Evers, including majorities of both Republicans and Democrats.
“These results indicate that secure elections and uniform election practices are not a partisan issue. Every Wisconsinite deserves the same access and confidence in our elections,” said WiLL Research Director Will Flanders.
Evers’ rejection of every election integrity bill sent to him by the Republican-led Legislature may have something to do with his declining support.
Another poll in July found voters had a net-unfavorable view of the Evers’ performance. Cygnal surveyed 640 general election voters in the Badger State, and found 52 percent oppose a second term for Evers. The governor in June announced that he is running for re-election. Cygnal’s poll also found 60 percent of those surveyed saying Wisconsin is on the wrong track.
Nearly a third of Wisconsin registered voters strongly disapprove of Evers, according to the WILL poll. Forty percent strongly disapprove of Biden. The sample included equal numbers of Biden and Trump supporters.
According to the poll, 36 percent of Wisconsin voters would prefer a candidate supporting policies like those of former President Donald Trump, followed by 23 percent that favor traditional Democratic policies. Socialist-leaning policies garnered 18 percent support, while 16 percent say they favor traditional Republican policies.