October 4th, 2010
11:31 AM ET
12 years ago

TRENDING: Poll Watch: Feingold re-election woes continue

(CNN) - More bad news for Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold.

Feingold, a three-term Democrat, now trails Republican businessman Ron Johnson by 7 points among likely voters, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Fifty-two percent of likely voters are backing Johnson, while 45 percent support Feingold. Three percent remain undecided.

The poll results are nearly identical to a September CNN/TIME/Opinion Research Corporation survey which showed Johnson leading Feingold by six points, 51 to 45 percent, among likely voters.

Feingold and Johnson both have near-unanimous support from voters in their respective parties, according to the McClatchy-Marist poll. Johnson, however, has amassed a 23-point advantage among independent voters, 58 to 35 percent.

In a recent interview with CNN, Johnson said he's "trying to appeal to voters across the political spectrum. ... Democrats, independents, Tea Party folks and Republicans. A lot of us all share the very real concern about what happens in this country. So I am not identifying myself as a Republican real blatantly."

On the campaign trail, he said, voters are so concerned about spending and debt that "they don't talk about parties at all."

The race is virtually tied among the larger pool of 806 registered voters, where Johnson is clinging to statistically insignificant 45 to 43 percent lead.

The September 26-28 McClatchy-Marist survey of 503 likely voters has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The sampling error among 806 registered voters is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Filed under: CNN/Time poll • Polls • Russ Feingold • Wisconsin
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Right Leaning Independent

    One less Liberal in Washington screwing up our country!!!

    October 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Clwyd

    Being from Wisconsin and knowing that a businessman is not what we need to run our country or serve in the Senate I will be voting for the man who represented the people of Wisconsin and not the special interest groups. Feingold 10!

    October 4, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. James in Columbia MO

    This is such a shame. Russ Feingold is one of the few non-ideologues in Congress who is willing to actually make government work by reaching across the aisle time and again. That said, he's also a true progressive. He should make everybody happy! Don't let this happy Wisconsin!

    October 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Jen

    Democrats will still hold a majority in the Senate so...

    October 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Quick... QUICK!!!!

    Get an illegal alien and Gloria Alred in there ASAP to create an incriminatory deposition against Ron Johnson.

    October 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. wisconsin is funny state; From Joe McCarthy to Russ Feingold and now back to . . .

    Ron "Joe McCarthy" Johnson

    Feingold is a great "independent" senator, who fights for the working class. Johnson is a corporate tool who wants to drill for oil in the Great Lakes.

    Vote, people, please!

    October 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. beth

    So sad. He is a great public servant. Do the people of Wisconsin really think his opponent will solve all of their problems? I Guess they will just have to learn the hard way. So so vey sad : (

    October 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Gary Christopherson

    As one who grew up in Wisconsin, I am ashamed that my home State would even consider not re-electing Russ Feingold.
    He has done the right things. He is a progressive in the proudest Wisconsin tradition. He is an independent in this time where independence is particularly valued. He has consistently taken on the powerful interests that frustrate us.
    If there is anyone who deserves re-election in this tumultuous year, it is Russ. Hopefully, Wisconsin will do what is in the best interests of Wisconsin and the Nation.

    Gary Christopherson

    October 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. ED FL

    We need to get rid of these Democrats in name only that switch party votes based on their their own personal enrichments rather than what is better for their constituancy. Ther are a few more like him that need to be shown the door even if it means losing the majority. The Demos now become the party of NO NO and Filibuster and nothing will be gotten finished until next electionwhe more deadbeats get shown the door.

    October 4, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Thersa

    One of the few senator in either party that looks out for the little guy and not the corporation. No wonder he's going down.

    October 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Raffly

    Nonsense poll .....For all democrat dont let the pool number makes you down. I am democrat and never even once got called for pool. What a shame.....

    October 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. ramtruck2500

    There is nothing braod base about Johnson – nothing. He is capainging as an outsider who is almost 100% finaced by K street lobbyists. this to me makes him a total insider. Johnson is a very strong supporter of NAFTA and sees himself way beyond his actual importance in Wisoconsin. I will admit I am biased as i do know Russ and to be honest i dont agree him all the time at all but he speaks his piece. he also shows what happens to anyone who works with the likes of John McCain. Johnson is an angry know it all teabagger. takes advantage of any government thing he can and contracts his labot out. Good for him and not the state. He is also VERY antienvironmental. In the state thats a direct trashing of out tuorism base Johnson is just a jerk I dont care what anyone says!

    October 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Don W.

    This may or may not mean anything; what matters most is what happens on November 2, 2010. I hope that a true servant of the people put the majority of people into whatever he may think is correct. Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson is only really thinking about himself and his extremely wealthy friends, first. The insurance industry has been corrupt in its history; we the hard working people are going to get screwed if this poll is correct.

    October 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Tam

    A Canadian politician once said that poles are what dogs use. Let's hope enough intelligent people come out to vote, and don't stay home.

    October 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Justin

    As a champion of campaign finance reform, of course Feingold is a prime target for the coporate special interests. And now that anyone can anonymously spend millions of dollars on a candidate (thanks to the radical, right-wing, activist Supreme Court), there's no telling who is trying to put Johnson in office. Could be Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad – anyone who wants a politician who will kowtow to big oil.

    October 4, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Jerry

    My fellow Democrats, sorry, but you are reaping what you sowed. Continue to follow our clueless president, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed over the cliff and you will really be in political trouble with the American voters.

    October 4, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Racine, WI

    Feingold doesn't work for the working class. He works for the workless class. Entitlements need to end. GO Johnson/Walker/Ryan!

    October 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. ingrid

    Feingold is a good senator and it will be a real shame if he is not reelected.

    October 4, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Phil

    Russ can pack his bags. He and this administration has destroyed America's future and dreams. We have changed from a free country to socialist monarchy with the liberals.

    October 4, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. p

    Everybody vote, and encourage others to vote.
    Then, let's tone down the hate, and abide by the results. Whatever the results.

    October 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Ben in Texas

    It's hard for me to believe that Wisconsin (we're not talking about South Carolina or Mississippi or Texas here) would replace one of the few really good senators with a corporate ninny. I'll have to see that to believe it.

    October 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    Entitlements will end......one way or another, either with a vote of sensible thinking people or when there is no money left to pay entitlements.....you choose!

    October 4, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Pamela

    Russ Feingold is a fine person, a true champion of campaign reform and the rights of middle and lower class Americans. It is amazing how many people blindly believe the lies put forth by the leadership of anti-environmentalist, pro big business Republicans and Tea Party activists, who want to protect the tax cuts for the rich and let the "little people" sink into joblessness and poverty. Get out there and vote for Russ!!!

    October 4, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Great, one body closer to a balance of power in DC. Who cares if it is a (D) or an (R), as long as there are roughly equal numbers of both to keep each other in check.

    October 4, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Ron Johnson rocks

    All those democrats that supported Obama's horrible policies need to go. Obamacare is not only unsustainable, but is so full of garbage and power grabs that it needs to be repealed. Feingold hasn't been a good senator. And lately, he's just been an Obama rubber stamp.

    Besides, Ron Johnson is much more qualified and will do a much better job.

    October 4, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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