No Traction: Mary Burke Stuck at 41 Percent
A new Marquette University Law School Poll released Wednesday offers a few surprises. Among them: Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke continues to be an underwhelming challenger to embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
The Roth Report Wednesday identified five numbers to watch. Let's take a look at what the polling reveals.
Scott Walker 48% - Mary Burke 41%: Gov. Walker improved his lead from 6 points in January to 7 points in March. Mary Burke has seen her numbers tumble from 45% in October to two straight polls at 41%. Gov. Walker's numbers are not likely to budge very much so it is notable that Burke is not gaining traction.
Mary Burke is Still Unknown: 59% of respondents could not give an opinion about Mary Burke. While down from 70% in January, this is still devastating to her campaign given her media appearances and TV ads. Even among those who can give an opinion, Burke is underwater with 22% having an unfavorable view to just 19% favorable.
Scott Walker's Job Approval Down, Favorables Steady: Gov. Walker's favorable/unfavorable remains extremely steady at 49/47, but his job approval slipped from 51% in January to 47% in March. This is notable given that he passed a very popular tax cut in the two months since the last poll.
Wisconsin is Heading in the Right Direction: 54% responded that Wisconsin is heading in the right direction. This number remained unchanged since January and if it remains steady will almost certainly ensure the reelection of Gov. Walker.
Obama and Obamacare remain Underwater: Despite slight upticks in favorability, President Obama's job approval sits underwater at 47/49. Just 39% approve of Obamacare with 50% disapproving the President's hallmark piece of legislation.