The Latest: Democrats fare better in poll approval ratings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin election (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

Registered voters generally have a more favorable view of Democrats than Republicans in Wisconsin, based on results of a new poll.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows that 41 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers compared with 38 percent unfavorable.

For Republican Gov. Scott Walker, 48 percent view him favorably compared with 49 percent who have an unfavorable opinion.

Forty-nine percent have a favorable opinion of Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, with 42 percent unfavorable.

Only 30 percent have a favorable view of Baldwin’s Republican opponent Leah Vukmir while 43 percent have an unfavorable opinion of her.

As for President Donald Trump, 46 percent approve of the job he’s doing while 51 percent disapprove.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted Oct. 3 through Sunday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.


1:17 p.m.

Democrats continue to be more enthused about voting in the November election in Wisconsin.

A new Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed that 76 percent of Democratic registered voters say they are very enthusiastic about voting. That compares with 70 percent of Republicans.

Polls all year have consistently shown Democrats are more enthusiastic than Republicans.

The poll shows the race between Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers to be about even. In September, the poll showed Evers with a slight lead.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin held an 10-point lead over Republican challenger Leah Vukmir. The results were little changed from the previous month.

The poll of 799 likely voters was conducted Oct. 3 through Sunday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.


11:05 a.m.

Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers says both Gov. Scott Walker and Vice President Mike Pence want to “gut” protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Pence was in Wisconsin on Wednesday for a pair of Walker fundraisers in Green Bay and Eau Claire.

Evers released a video renewing his challenger to Walker to drop Wisconsin’s involvement in a multi-state lawsuit seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its guarantee of insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Evers says Walker is “sending a clear message” by campaigning with Pence in Wisconsin. Evers says their support for repealing the federal health care law would result in millions losing coverage.

Walker supports enacting a state law guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.


8:24 a.m.

Locked in a tight race with Democrat Tony Evers, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is looking to Vice President Mike Pence to give him a boost with the Nov. 6 election less than a month away.

Pence was holding a pair of fundraisers for Walker in Green Bay and Eau Claire on Wednesday. The events come the same day that a new Marquette University Law School poll was to be released.

The poll is the first since the blow up over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Some Republicans have said that fight energized their voters.

Walker trailed Evers 49 percent to 44 percent in the last Marquette poll released on Sept. 18.

Walker has urged his supporters to believe the polls, while calling himself the underdog in the race.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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