A new Marquette Law School poll finds that Scott Walker and his
most likely recall opponent, Tom Barrett, are in a dead heat, with
Barrett edging Walker by 47-46 among registered Wisconsin voters.
The really important finding here, however, is that Walker’s approval
rating, and his head to head numbers with Barrett, have not changed in
months — if anything, they’re going down. And this is in spite of the
fact that Walker and his allies have vastly outspent rivals in TV ads.
Charles Franklin, a political scientist and expert in Wisconsin
politics who directs the Marquette poll, sends over some numbers.
In January, Walker’s job approval was 51 percent; in March, it was 50 percent; and this month, it’s 47 percent.
Recent poll numbers:
January: Walker leads Barrett 50-44
March: Walker leads Barrett 47-45
Now: Walker trails Barrett 46-47
“There’s been a great deal of advertising in the state, especially
from the Walker campaign and Republican supporters, and we’ve seen
virtually no movement in the Walker numbers,” says Franklin.