Walker up by single digits in two new Wisconsin polls
May 24th, 2012
09:59 AM ET
11 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. MaryM

    Why does walker need a defence fund ?. He broke some laws? VOTE this criminal out of office now.

    May 24, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. mms55

    all blue collar workers should be standing shoulder to shoulder agains't this union busting gov.this never had anything to do with the budget and honest people know this.people died for these rights don't let them down.

    May 24, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. A mn

    Gov. Walker balanced the budget without public employees losing there jobs, and the dems are mad, why? The ones that should be recalled are the libs that ran away and hid like little babies to avoid voting on the bill that saved Wisconsin

    May 24, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Jack

    Come on you guys. Recall this crazy man. Hey, there is nothing wrong with cutting back entitlements, pensions, jobs etc but you do it the right (unsexy) way and get down and negotiate. It's hard work true but that's how we do things in this country. That's how you get people to accept change–when it's negotiated. This Walker guy is just plain lazy and doesn't want to do the work. Get someone who will, Wisconsin.

    May 24, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    One word “Money”

    May 24, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm going to let Wisconsin decide for themselves who they want as their leader. I will only add how profoundly glad I am that Minnesota voted for a Governor who is doing the job he promised he would do. Had we gone the same route Wisconsin chose to go in 2010, we would be in the same miserable position Wisconsin is in now. I'm looking forward to voting the "professional campaigners" who were elected in our state legislation back out ... they should never have been elected to begin with. I don't agree with everything Mark Dayton has done, but he is far, far better than the Koch paid crony Tom Emmer would have been - who like Scott Walker, would have ended up just another corrupted stooge.

    May 24, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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