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Governor Walker Can Not Be Pleased With Poll Numbers

April 21, 2011

There is an intensity among the Wisconsin electorate that I have not felt before regarding statewide issues.  We get riled up every four years for presidential elections, and take sides and fight hard.  But when it comes to statewide concerns nothing in my memory reaches the level of rancor and discord like that which has exploded over the proposed end to collective bargaining.  No statewide candidate has generated such white-hot reaction as what Governor Scott Walker has created in only a matter of a few months.

No one can possibly envy his position, or future hurdles that he needs to clear in order to just survive in his term of office.

One thing is clear regardless of where one stands on the issue of collective bargaining, or their view of  Governor Walker.  There is boundless energy and determination to be heard, and to  win.  As with so many areas of national politics, and the personalities involved, Wisconsin is angry and seemingly evenly divided.

So the latest news from the Wisconsin Public Radio findings on how voters feel about Governor Walker can not be seen as anything but a very angry and sour mood has spread across the Badgerland.

The political storm clouds are not dissipating, but only growing darker.

A new poll suggests Wisconsinites would be about evenly split on the question of recalling Gov. Scott Walker. 

The idea of recalling the Republican governor arose during protests over his efforts to remove most collective bargaining rights from most public employees. The question is moot for now, since lawmakers must be in office for one year before they can be recalled. Walker was inaugurated in January. 

Still, if there were a recall election, Thursday’s poll suggests a tight outcome. It said 48 percent would vote to keep Walker in office, while 47 percent would vote to remove him.

4 Comments
  1. April 26, 2011 9:59 AM

    He shouldn’t be happy. He’s acted completely in his own self interest. He just wants to grease the political track for himself by eliminating unions. It has nothing to do with saving anybody any money.

  2. April 22, 2011 7:06 AM

    It is additionally worth considering the fact that his base seems to be roughly 43 percent of Wisconsinites. In every approval rating poll since JANUARY roughly 43 percent say they approve or strongly approve of Scott Walker. That number hasn’t budged. What has moved is the “independents.” They’ve typically moved away from Walker. If the margin of error is plus or minus five percent this is right in line with his unwavering lemming base.

  3. April 21, 2011 9:17 PM

    And these numbers are WITHOUT even knowing who would be running against Walker. Amazing. We’ll see what happens in January…

  4. Sue permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:36 PM

    … until the votes from Brookfield come in, that is.

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