ICYMI: Rasmussen Reports Walker Leads Barrett 48% to 38%

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 

ICYMI: Rasmussen Reports Walker Leads Barrett 48% to 38%

Walker Leads Barrett with Independents by a Margin of 2 to 1

Wauwatosa, Wis.– Scott Walker Campaign Manager Keith Gilkes said, 

“Wisconsin families are ready to take back their government and are flocking to Scott Walker’s plan to get our state back to work through low taxes, less government, and more freedom.”

Election 2010: Wisconsin Governor Friday, January 29, 2010

The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Wisconsin governor's race finds the two most prominent Republican contenders both ahead of their likeliest Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker leads Barrett 48% to 38% among likely voters in the state. Given that match-up, just two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while 12% are undecided.

Former GOP Congressman Mark Neumann finds himself with a much narrower lead over Barrett, 42% to 38%. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and 13% are undecided.

Current Democratic Governor Jim Doyle announced last August that he would not seek a third four-year term. Barrett faces no major competition within his party at this time. Wisconsin Republicans will chose a gubernatorial nominee in a September 14 primary.

Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, who is expected to seek reelection this year, trails former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson 47% to 43% in a hypothetical U.S. Senate match-up. Thompson is being urged by many Republicans to enter the race but has not opted yet to do so.

While male voters in Wisconsin heavily favor the Republican candidates, women give the edge to Barrett in both match-ups.

Both Republicans lead by wide margins among voters not affiliated with either party.

Barrett is viewed very favorably by 19% of Wisconsin voters and very unfavorably by 17%.

Ten percent (10%) have a very favorable opinion of Neumann, while 11% regard him very unfavorably.

For Walker, very favorables total 29% and very unfavorables 15%.

At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with a strong opinion more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.

In 2008, Barack Obama carried Wisconsin 56% to 43% over John McCain. But now, just 46% of voters in the state approve of the job Obama is doing as president, with 26% who strongly approve. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove of the president’s performance, including 46% who strongly disapprove. This is slightly lower than Obama's job approval ratingsnationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking poll.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of Wisconsin voters approve of the job Doyle is doing as governor, including 11% who strongly appprove. Sixty-two percent (62%) disapprove, with 42% who strongly disapprove.

Rasmussen Reports has released recent polls on the 2010 governor’s races in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.


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