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Walker Maintains Consistent Lead Over Barrett in Latest Poll

According to a St.Norbert-WPR poll released Wednesday, Walker leads Barrett by 5 points going into the home stretch before the June 5 election.

A poll released Wednesday by St. Norbert College and Wisconsin Public Radio indicated Gov. Scott Walker holds a 5-point lead over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett going into the .

In a telephone survey of 406 Wisconsin residents conducted between Thursday and Tuesday, 50 percent of respondents said they would vote for Walker compared to 45 percent for Barrett if the election were held today. Five percent remained undecided.

The true gap between the two candidates could be larger or smaller as survey administers said the results included a 5 percentage point margin of error.

According to the survey, it appears Barrett has picked up votes since the 2010 election, while Walker lost a few. In 2010, 38 percent of survey respondents voted for Barrett, but now 45 percent claim he would get their vote on June 5. Walker, on the other hand, shed 2 percentage points as 52 percent of respondents voted for the governor in 2010.

The margin between Walker and Barrett has remained virtually the same in polls released through the month of May. On May 16, over Barrett in a Marquette University Law School poll of 600 likely voters.

Earlier in the month, a poll released May 10 showed Walker . According a Rasmussen Reports survey of 500 likely voters, Walker would garner 50 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 45 percent, which mirrors the current St. Norbert-WPR poll.

However, an internal poll conducted for Democrats show the race is essentially a dead heat, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. That poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research from May 19 to 21, shows Walker leading  Barrett 50 percent to 47 percent — within the poll’s 4-point margin of error.

In Wednesday's St.Norbert-WPR poll, 49 percent of respondents believe the state is heading in the right direction while 45 percent think otherwise.

However, 59 percent of those surveyed believed public employees should have the right to collectively bargain.

The Anti-Alinsky May 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Mike, bad check writers, unpaid ticket payers and pot heads usually don't go to prison. When they do, it's because those were the sentences bargained down by the DA, defense attorney and Judge. I am curious, once the Milwaukee Police finally get their paperwork straightened out, how many of those criminals that "did not cause any problems at all" really did.
The Anti-Alinsky May 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Bren, that 25:1 ratio is just what the candidates have. The unions are spending a lot of money and manpower on this race.
Rich May 29, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Teachers work the fewest days/hours of any normal working class, get paid relatively well, and do nothing for their retirement? Work the same hours I do and pay your own retirement like me. Maybe if state employers would get half the vacation/holiday/sick pay and work more we would not need so many. How much in taxes goes to paying employees who are not even on the jobs!
Steve ® May 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
If you did understand anything Brendan you would know that hunting is a HUGE part of our economy. Hunters come from in state and out of state and need accurate numbers for proper tags. Which we pay for and Doyle had no problem raising those fees to pay for these "accurate" numbers/management. More problems Walker is fixing, guy is on a roll.
Dirk D May 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Most people that have never belonged to union don't seem to understand completely how a union is structured. Like trade unions have no paid time off. No work no pay no exceptions. No holiday, no vacations, no sick days. Also union members are paying for their retirement funds. A union members pay is part of a total package. Union members allocate funds off this total package into pension funds, health and welfare funds, apprenticeship comity funds ,and ect. Then whats left over is their take home pay.

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