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Scott Walker, Wisconsin Republicans/Legislature, fare poorly in June 2011 Poll

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As the recalls against the Wisconsin Republicans continue to gain steam, it’s time to take a look at the most recent poll, put out by the UW Badger Poll (TM) conducted by the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, link available here.   It states:

. . . a majority of Wisconsinites are not happy with current state of affairs in the Badger state.

  • 55% are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the state today, a new high for the UW Badger Poll.
  • 81% said Wisconsin is in bad times economically and 50% expect it will be in about the same economic condition in the next 12 months, while 20% said things will get worse.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Wisconsinites feel that state government is run for the benefit of a few big interests over that of all the people and can only be trusted to do the right thing some of the time.
  • 59% disapprove of the way Scott Walker is handling his job as Governor.
  • 60% disapprove of the way the State Legislature is handling its job.
  • 56% disapprove of the job Republicans in the State Legislature are doing.
  • 48% disapprove of the job Democrats in the State Legislature are doing.
  • Wisconsinites overwhelming think the recall option in the state constitution is a good thing (78%), and 50% said the current recalls of state senators made them feel better about Wisconsin politics.

In fact, the only thing the Wisconsin Republicans can take any heart in is the following statistic, also from the recent poll:

  • 59% of residents statewide preferred that the Democratic state senators remain in office rather than be recalled and 49% said the same of the Republican state senators.

Now, I went over this poll in depth, and what the folks said about the Wisconsin Rs is a little more nuanced; 46% want them out, while 49% believe they should be retained.  (The poll did not ask people specifically about their own sitting Senator or representatives in the Assembly; they asked about the person’s overall feeling.)  The margin of error for this poll was 4.9%, which means this particular thing is within the margin of error — still, that one last bit of data is probably the only thing that would hearten me if I were a Wisconsin R.

At any rate, this poll looks really bad for Scott Walker.  And looks really good for his recall effort, which will start in November of this year.


Written by Barb Caffrey

July 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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  1. Isn’t Governor Stalker wonderful?


    July 15, 2011 at 3:20 am

  2. are we suppose to believe a UW poll of any kind isn’t bias?

    Jay Bree

    August 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    • I suppose that’s true — all polls have their biases — but then we need to look at folks like Rasmussen (heavily Republican bias), Survey USA (heavy R bias also).

      I read the actual questions asked here. I think they were as unbiased as it’s possible to be. They also did their best to get calls from various areas of the state, including some known to be heavily R.

      Barb Caffrey

      August 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

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