New Marquette Poll good news for WI Democrats

Milwaukee (WQOW) – The latest Marquette Poll is out, and with a month-and-a-half until the November election, things are looking good for Wisconsin Democrats.

In the poll released Tuesday afternoon, Tony Evers (D) is up on incumbent Governor Scott Walker (R) by five percent among likely voters (49%-45%). There is little wiggle room in the race, with only one percent of voters saying they do not lean toward one candidate.

In the race for the United States Senate, incumbent Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has a double digit advantage over Republican challenger Leah Vukmir (53%-42%). Baldwin’s 11-point lead is up from just two points one month ago (49%-47%).

So what issues are Wisconsinites taking with them to the polls? Fifty percent of voters in the Badger State say the state is headed in the right direction.

Only five percent of registered voters think our roads are in excellent condition. Sixty-four percent said roads are either fair or poor.

Another contentious issue is the Foxconn project in Racine County. Among registered voters, 48 percent say the state is paying more than Foxconn is worth, while 39 percent disagree saying the plant will provide at least as much value as the state is putting into it.

On a national level, President Donald Trump has a 42 percent approval rating. Fifty-four percent of Wisconsinites disapprove of the president’s performance. His approval rating was 45 percent in the August poll. President Trump’s approval depended greatly on party preference.

On the issue of tariffs, 31 percent in Wisconsin think increased tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will improve the U.S. economy, while 52 percent think tariffs will hurt the economy.

On free trade agreements in general, 58 percent think these agreements have been a good thing for the U.S. economy, while 25 percent think they have been bad for the economy.

Overall, 62 percent of registered voters say they are very enthusiastic about voting in this year’s elections, with 24 percent somewhat enthusiastic and 13 percent either not very or not at all enthusiastic.

This poll interviewed 800 registered Wisconsin voters by landline or cell phone Sept. 12-16, 2018. The margin of error is +/-4 percentage points for the full sample.

The partisan makeup of the sample, including those who lean to a party, is 45 percent Republican, 46 percent Democratic and 8 percent independent.

Clint Berge

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