(CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a slight edge over his Democratic opponent in the state's 2014 gubernatorial contest, according to a new Badger State survey.
The Marquette Law School poll released Monday indicates 47% of Wisconsin voters would reelect Walker compared to the 41% who said they would back challenger Mary Burke.
A notable conservative and possible 2016 White House hopeful, Walker has refused to commit to serving out a full, four-year term as governor if reelected later this year.
Monday's survey shows Walker's advantage widening since October, when a Marquette poll showed Walker at 47% to Burke's 45%.
The poll also shows a majority of voters aren't familiar enough with Burke to form an opinion.
Days after Walker's State of the State address in Madison, the survey shows over 50% of voters think the state is headed in the right direction while 40% said it's on the wrong track. Monday's results indicate sentiment has not changed drastically since last time the question was asked, two weeks before a recall election in June 2012, when 52% of respondents said the state was headed in a good direction and 44% said it was not.
The survey was conducted almost entirely before Walker's address to the Badger state last week, where he announced a larger than expected budget surplus in the state.
Forty-nine percent said the state's budget is in better shape than it was a few years ago, 26% said it's the same and 20% said it's worse than before.
Walker, first elected in 2010, gained national notoriety from conservatives after surviving the recall effort sparked by a budget-balancing initiative that stripped collective bargaining rights from most public unions. After an over year-long battle within the state, Walker beat Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, 53% to 46%.
Walker is the first governor to survive a recall.
The poll was conducted between January 20-23 among 802 registered Wisconsin voters with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.