Walker up by single digits in two new Wisconsin polls
May 24th, 2012
09:59 AM ET
3 years ago

Walker up by single digits in two new Wisconsin polls

(CNN) - With 12 days to go until the recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, two new polls indicate the Republican governor holds a single digit advantage over his Democratic challenger.

According to a St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio survey, 50% of people likely to vote in the June 5th recall election say they support Walker, the first term governor, with 45% backing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger, and 5% unsure. Barrett won his party's primary earlier this month, setting up a rematch with Walker from the 2010 election that the Republican won by five points.

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A Reason-Rupe poll, also released Thursday morning, indicates that Walker has a 50% to 42% advantage over Barrett, with 6% unsure. The Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey was conducted by ORC International, the same polling organization that conducts surveys for CNN. The Reason Foundation is a libertarian think tank that publishes Reason magazine.

Wisconsin voters will cast ballots next month to decide whether to remove Walker from office following last year's bitter battle over his push to limit the collective bargaining rights of state public employee unions.

Tea party groups and other grassroots and fiscal conservative organizations on the right, and labor groups and progressive organizations on the left, as well as Republican and Democratic party committees, are raising and spending big bucks in the recall campaign on TV ads and get out the vote efforts.

The St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio poll was conducted between May 17 and May 22, with 406 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus five percentage points.

The Reason-Rupe poll was conducted between May 14 and May 18, with 609 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Polls • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Ben

    Spin this any way you want Dems. The writing's on the wall.

    May 24, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Independant Texan

    Walker`s ousting would be MAJOR blow to the recent Republican movement to move the U.S. business atmosphere toward China`s ( no worker rights, starvation wages and mega profits to company owners).

    May 24, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. mm

    Come on Wisconsin - kick him out!

    May 24, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    According to a St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio survey, 50% of people likely to vote in the June 5th recall election say they support Walker, the first term governor, with 45% backing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger, and 5% unsure. Barrett won his party's primary earlier this month, setting up a rematch with Walker from the 2010 election that the Republican won by five points.
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    Won by 5 points last time. Winning by 5 points this time. Way to waste time and money, WI democrats. When he wins again, you can try to recall the recall, no?

    May 24, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Candy Taylor

    I hope the Dems can get people out to vote! We don't need a fascist like Walker in government in this country. Come on Wisconsin vote Dem You are smarter than that!

    May 24, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Pete

    See what obstacles Scott puts out there when voting starts,double checking voters cards,everything and anything to discourage voters from going to the polls.He blatantly has already don't this publicly in the past ,with no remorse,as to the Koch brothers instructions.Democrates have to be aware,as it was done in the presidencial polling nationwide with multiple incidents of corruption or blatant obstructing of the voting process being done by the Bush campaign workers against John Kerry voters years ago and later revealed by investigaters,people were fined,fired,resigned in disgrace after being caught,even the head of elections in Florida was unceramoniously releaved of her position after being caught in this voting scam .So historically the republicans will do whatever it takes to make Walker and any other republican representatives a winner ,no matter who they hurt or no matter how much it costs,just win!!!

    May 24, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. luke,az

    Vote out all Republicans !!!!!

    May 24, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Get rid of the fascist governor. Put him out of work since he's so hell bent on destroying unions.

    May 24, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Larry L

    Big money is working to help the fat-cats bust the unions and destroy Wisconsin's manufacturing capability. If Brown stays workinmg folks need to consider a move to a place where they aren't attacked by their own governor.

    May 24, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In the recall, Wisconsin has an opportunity that we do not have in Florida. Our governor and elected republicans have attacked workers and pensions and gave huge tax breaks to corporations. We now can see that Canadiens and snow birds have done more for our economy than any elected FL republican. Vote against the Koch puppet in WI.

    May 24, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Thomas

    Scott Walker & Staff is Being Investigated by the FBI for Embezzling Money From Disabled Vets.

    Mitt Romney , five sons all avoided military service.

    Romney / Walker
    All Volunteer Money 2012

    May 24, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. B

    Cell phone users that tend to include the poor, the young, the active, and more transient individuals who are less conservative often voting democratic were excluded from these polls no doubt. Therefore, resulting in skewed pro- republican bias polls.

    May 24, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Ozzie

    Think about what you are doing, Wisconsin voters. Walker is dangerous, divisive, and deceitful. His low level values and those of his supporters will permeate your state for a long time. Walker does not have your short range or long range interests in mind. You know that. Vote accordingly. People of Faith should be especially wary of Walker. You know what I mean. Weigh what he says under the light of the Gospel and Social Teaching. Have courage, Wisconsin.

    May 24, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. PaulCat

    If Wisconsin voters will be so stuip as to keep Walker, their no better than Mississippi. Now we all know how smart Mississippi people are.

    May 24, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Will the Democrat Party and the unions pay the $20 MILLION cost for this total waste of time and money??? Of course not. Wisconsin taxpayers will be footing that bill, just like they have paid for years because of the corrupt Democrat-union scam.

    May 24, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Bill

    Walker will be summarily removed after the recall election. After which, he is likely to be indicted.

    May 24, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. RetUSAF

    I am a life-long Republican, but I hope Wisconsion removes this Governor He embodies what is wrong with American politics and leadership. He and others like him have hijacked the party of Ronald Reagan. Walker and these similar politicians have lost touch with America and our values. Look back to Ronald Reagan and what he actually did NOT what these guys say he stood for.

    May 24, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. MTATL67

    Walker is one of the most corrupt governors since Huey Long. He makes Blagojevich look like boy scout. It is clear that Republicans like Haley and Romney are more interested in playing politics than looking at the facts…such as 3 aides arrested. Either Walker is corrupt or incompetent.

    May 24, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. judy

    vote all republicans out especially this clown forward 2012

    May 24, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. V in Chicago

    Come on Wisconsinites. Do the rest of the Country a favor and be the first to take a stand and take back your State! We can not let these Tea Party radicals continue to mess with our Country. They've already caused our credit rating to be lowered and they are making us the laughing stock for the rest of the civilized world. Throw this bum out and let them know we don't play "my way or the highway". The blue coller workers are the ones who built this country. Do not let Walker and his Tea buddies destroy the working men and women! We are counting on you, Wisconsin. Please don't let us down! This could be the start of fixing the damage these clowns have done to our political system.

    Next – we HAVE to do away with the Super Pacs. I for one, do not like the idea of other countries and the 1% of this country deciding who will lead this great nation! That is for the people to decide. No one outside this country should be able to have any influence whatsoever!!

    May 24, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Woman In California

    I can't say I'm surprised. I knew this jerk would keep his job.

    May 24, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Won by 5 points last time. Winning by 5 points this time. Way to waste time and money, WI democrats. When he wins again, you can try to recall the recall, no?
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    Don't get happy, yet. The only poll that matters is the ballot box. More people signed the petition to oust Walker than who voted for him to get elected in the first place. Have you considered the fact that these polls are just a conspiracy by the lame stream media to fire up liberals to get out and vote in strong numbers? Don't get happy, yet.

    May 24, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. max33333444555

    getting rid of public sector unions is moronic. they are a necessary evil. consider what they get replaced with.

    political hirings for all positions.
    inequality of wages depending on who you are friends with
    getting rid of people that complain or whistle-blow

    these knee jerk BS movements are not good for america.

    May 24, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. MaryM

    Walker lied, lied, lied and is still lying in the TV ads. Good people of Wisconsin, Kick this Koch thug to the curb before he has a chance to do anymore damage to Wisconsin.

    PS To you NRA members and hunters. Walker hired a "manager" from Texas to sell public land to private companys. Good luck trying to hunt on private land without paying a fee.

    May 24, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Duke One

    Kick some but, Walker, we support you ! It's time the power was given back to the people and not bloated government !

    May 24, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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