Press Release: New Independent Poll: Neumann Beats Barrett 46% - 42%

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 19, 2010

Contact: Chris Lato

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Neumann continues surge while Walker declines Favorable name ID in a dead heat with Walker

WAUKESHA, Wis. - March 19, 2010 - The latest poll from the independent national polling firm Rasmussen Reports released late Thursday shows candidate for Governor Mark Neumann beating Democrat opponent Tom Barrett 46 percent to 42 percent.

Significantly, this is the third Rasmussen poll in the 2010 election race, and each time Neumann has improved his standing, from 42 percent, to 46 percent in a head-to-head matchup with Barrett.

In contrast, Republican primary challenger Scott Walker’s standing hasn’t budged – in the first poll Walker was at 48 percent against Barrett, and is at that same level in the current survey. The gap between Walker and Barrett has also dropped from 10 percent to 6 percent.

In addition, Neumann’s favorable name ID now stands at 53 percent in the Rasmussen poll – nearly tied with Walker. Neumann’s very favorable name ID continues a rapid rise, going from 10 percent in January to 17 percent in March. In contrast, Walker’s movement has been negligible.

“The poll offers independent evidence that as Mark Neumann connects with folks across Wisconsin, they respond favorably and Mark gains their support,” Neumann campaign manager Chip Englander said. “The campaign is seeing a real surge as our TV and radio ads resonate across the state, and Mark discusses his record as a businessman and former member of Congress who will stand up against government waste and fight for real, sustainable job creation.

“In contrast, this poll is more bad news for Mark’s opponents, who are sitting in neutral as Mark surges forward.”


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