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. Lori in St Pete

    I hope the rethugliban is ready to write me a really big check come January 2011. They're planning to dismantle Social Security, and they better give the money back to those of us who have been paying into the system for decades but haven't yet reached retirement age. The Fed knows EXACTLY how much each of us have paid in, and anyone who has already received more than they have paid in needs to be cut off. Those of us who haven't yet collected a penny want out money back. It's only fair.

    October 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. rosaadriana

    That is too bad, he is one of the great statesmen left.

    October 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Capmorgs

    Reasons not to vote for Feingold:

    -Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
    -Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
    -Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009
    -Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
    -Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
    -Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
    -Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
    -End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
    -Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
    -Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
    -Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
    -Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
    -Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
    -Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations.
    -Sole Senate vote against Patriot Act. (Mar 2008)
    -Voted NO on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
    -Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
    -Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
    -Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    -Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)

    October 4, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. sssimon

    What can I say? The American people are dumb as a sack of dead gophers and once more will get the government they deserve.

    October 4, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Ron

    You know what? Everyone seems to be harping on the "independents" leaving Obama in droves thing. I find that a little crazy considering that many, many of the "new independents" were republicans in the first place. They left the party when W and Cheney let so many of them down. Don't worry, it'll happen again in two years. I hope you folks who vote for republicans are able to stomach what you're going to get out of them! It'll be a long 2 yrs in the House and an even long 6 in the Senate. Good luck with that!!!

    October 4, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    Any Teabagger who doesn't vote for Russ is a hypocrite. Time and again he has stood up for the little guy, the Constitution and his constituents. Think government needs fixing? Russ is your guy, and has been for the last 18 years.

    All we know about Johnson at this late stage in the campaign is what he's not - not a lawyer, not a politician, not an actor, not a scientist, not interested in preserving social security, not concerned about anyone else's health care, unable to discuss national security or Afghanistan and yet strangely insistent that it's government's job to create jobs (really? I thought the private sector was supposed to do that, according to the *real* conservatives). The biggest thing he's not is not Russ Feingold, a smart guy with integrity who will tell you where he stands and stick to it. Ron Johnson is a pig in a poke - vote at your own risk.

    October 4, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Daniel

    Russ Feingold is one of the best Senators in Washington. He is really a man of the people. I hope he isn't replaced by a corporate automaton.

    October 4, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Sarah

    Come on Wisconsin!! Feingold is one of the few in Washington who actually care about the people he serves! We need MORE like him in Congress.

    October 4, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Shari from Madison

    I pray that people will not listen to Johnson's attack adds which border on libelous. Feingold is not perfect, but he's still a way better choice than Johnson. I pray voters will realize this and keep Johnson from getting in power and then cateriing to the Rich and Powerful.

    October 4, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. ICanHazTeeParti

    The choice is clear: Feingold for the working man. Or Johnson for more millionaires who want to be billionaires.

    October 4, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. beth

    Jerry, guess what!! The majority of people who posted support Feingold. Don't get too confident, Jerry. As they say, Fame (or power) is fleeting.

    October 4, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Fair is Fair – so what, you're saying that Meg Whitman didn't have an undocumented woman working for her for 9 (N-I-N-E) years? It was all made up by the left to attack the right? Seriously? Do you also have little green men under your bed or in your closet at night?

    October 4, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. James

    Senate vote on the original Patriot Act...99 for, 1 against. Russ Feingold was the ONLY senator to have the cajones to vote his conscience against an overreaching piece of legislation almost immediately after 9/11 and face the possibility of being labelled anti-American for doing so. This demonstration of principle over poltics is sadly almost completely lacking in Congress and it alone insures I will always have the utmost respect for Senator Feingold.

    October 4, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. burke

    Feingold has been a disaster for Wisconsin and the country. He epitomizes beltway Washington, and votes lock step left. Check out his record before running your mouths. He is done, and the conservative movement can take the credit.

    October 4, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Shari from Madison

    I agree with Lori from St Pete. If the repubs get back into control and dismantle social security I want a check for all the money I've put in during my 26 years of working and I don't want a penny of it taxed. But everyone knows this is unlikely to happen as the only people who will benefit from republican's winning is those who make over $250,000.00 a year. The rest of us will have to struggle to feed, clothe and house ourselves. Those that are unable to do this will not get any help.

    October 4, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Lori in St. Pete – that's not how SS works. What you are paying in now pays for those receiving SS now. When you reach retirement age, it will be the taxpayers currently paying in who will provide your's. I wish the media would actually report on things that matter to us instead of having a "Sarah Buzz" section on the CNN political ticker. We're watching the death of journalism, and it makes me sad.

    October 4, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    There is no reason other than sheer stupidity on the part of the electorate why any Democrat should be behind any repub or especially any teabagger in this election. people are cutting their own throats voting for the rethugs. and the efficiency with which folks like a lot of the posters here have been brainwashed by Faux Noise and other right-wing noisemakers is truly frightening. No one, let me repeat, NO ONE, who isn't a multimilionaire has any good reason to vote for the people who cater solely to the welfare of big business and their rich friends.

    October 4, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Terry

    Hard to imagine the level headed folks up there in Wisconsin would fall for the old bait and switch so easily. The people I know up there in the north country appear to be much smarter than that.

    October 4, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Jon in Madison

    Sen Feingold is the very definition of a responsible, deliberative public servant. If he does not win, and loses to someone like Johnson who really offers no responsible alternative view of the role of government in our society, then this particular election will serve as a bell weather of the decline of our great country.

    October 4, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. joe

    Being from Wisconsin, I am proud that my state recognizes it is time for a change. We are a very incumbent friendly state, so it says a lot that we are willing to do the tough thing, and help get our country moving in a new direction. I hope the rest of the country can follow our lead, and hopefully we can really shake things up.

    October 4, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. stufit

    Isn't this one of the one's the corrupt, unon toady, inept, incompetent POTUS has been campaining for the hardest? Is this a total rejection of him and his group by the voters of Wisconsin. Blame Bush, Blame Fox, Slam and Blast the Republicans. Looks like the honest, hard working, taxpaying people are creating their own Hope and Change since they were lied to about the one that was supposed to happen after the fraudulent election of 2008.

    October 4, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Snow

    Oh, there are so many liberal tears on this post, I love it. Times are a changing and this time there will be real hope and change you can believe in. Goodby liberal tax and spenders in both houses of the congress. We will dethrone alot more come November 2012.

    October 4, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Santa Fean

    Dems or Republican, does not matter when BOTH parties are controlled by corporate interests that are NOT your interests. Tea Party? Totally controlled by big, BIG money. Democracy in America is in name only. Look at the laws that are passed to benefit Corporate America. (AKA World wide corporations)

    October 4, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Wayne in wisconsin

    Let's see how "independent" Ron Johnson is, IF he wins,. I'll bet he never votes for the "everyday" guy like Feingold has done, There is NOT a more ethical, walk the straight and narrow type of a senator as Russ Feingold, He has followed the book to a tee! Those of us who respect him will continue to support him. Best o' luck, Russ Feingold.

    October 4, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. sally

    It would be a shame to let a fine senator like Feingold's seat go to a lesser candidate. Feingold has been steadfast in his representation of the people. He is not a lobbyist's senator in the least.

    October 4, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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