First Marquette Poll since election shows Wisconsinites want out of Obamacare lawsuit, against raising gas tax

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Milwaukee (WQOW) – The first Marquette Poll is out since the November election and it shows a state as divided as it was two months ago.

Not surprising, Republicans and Democrats are sticking to party lines when it comes to the Affordable Care Act lawsuit. In the poll, 48 percent of Wisconsin voters think Wisconsin should drop out of the suit seeking to overturn the ACA. Seventy-five percent of Republicans say the state should continue the suit while 88 percent of Democrats think it should be dropped.

President Trump’s border wall and the government shutdown surrounding it were two major topics voters in the poll weighed in on.

Forty-four percent of Wisconsin voters polled favor building a wall compared to 51 percent against it. While 44 percent of voters think the wall is a good idea, only 29 percent agree with shutting down the government over funding for the wall.

The number of Wisconsinites who support building the wall matches the number of people who think President Trump is doing a good job in the Oval Office – 44 percent. Fifty-two percent disapprove of the job he’s doing.

When Governor Tony Evers took office a few short weeks ago, the future of the gas tax in Wisconsin was top of mind for many in the Badger State. The poll released Thursday shows just over half of those polled want to keep the gas tax where it is (52 percent). The poll showed voters are reluctant to raises taxes or fees for roads and highways. Evers has said improving infrastructure is one of his top priorities.

The former superintendent of schools has the support of voters when it comes to K-12 education. Overall, 55 percent support increase spending on K-12 public schools.

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. If those polled get their way, Wisconsin would be next on the list. Fifty-nine percent say marijuana should be legalized while 39 percent oppose it. That is up from 46 percent support in 2014.

While Tony Evers is now the man in charge at the capitol, the poll still asked voters about the man he succeeded – Scott Walker.

When asked if they want to see Walker run for governor or U.S. Senate in 2022, 37 percent said yes compared to 53 percent saying no. Walker hinted he may consider a run for either spot in four years.

The poll was conducted January 16-20, 2019. The sample included 800 registered voters in Wisconsin, interviewed by cell phone or landline, with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points

You can read the entire poll here.

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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