Another poll shows Scott Walker ahead in Wisconsin
With a little over a week to go until the recall election in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker, who has been targeted and unfairly maligned by labor unions over reasonable measures pushed to limit collective bargaining, is leading his Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, by a solid margin:
Embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) got more encouraging news Thursday with a new poll showing him continuing to hold a sizable lead ahead of his June 5 recall election.
Walker leads his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, 50-42 percent among likely voters, according to a Reason-Rupe poll released Thursday.
That’s an improvement for Walker over the six-point lead he posted in a Marquette poll last week, and further evidence that the incumbent governor seems likely to stave off his recall challenge.
[T]he poll showed that Wisconsin voters might be wary of union efforts. Only 35 percent of respondents said they had a favorable opinion of public-sector unions, versus 31 percent who said they had an unfavorable opinion. More than half of those surveyed also signaled support for increasing the amounts government employees contributed to their healthcare and pensions.
The poll found that 44 percent said public employee unions have too much power in negotiating their contracts, and a plurality said public-sector unions have done more to hurt than help local economies.
Wisconsin Democrats thought that Walker was polarizing enough to pick off in a recall effort. However, Barrett hasn’t been able to gain any traction and the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Governors Association have been reluctant to pour resources into the state. Republicans, however, have been actively involved in assisting Walker, spending millions on ads and “get out the vote” efforts.
Barring some turn in the next several days, it’s hard to see Walker losing.