New poll finds Mayor Barrett leading Democrats in possible recall election

CREATED Jan 17, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett leads all Democratic contenders in a possible primary contest to face Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election, according to a new poll.

Public Policy Polling found in a survey conducted Monday that Barrett leads former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk 46% to 27% if the two were the only candidates in a Democratic primary, and leads former U.S. Rep. David Obey 42% to 30% under the same circumstances. 

If the race were just between Obey and Falk, the former congressman would lead 43% to 28%, the poll found.

If there was a primary involving all three of the candidates, plus state Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville), Barrett would lead that, too, according to the poll, with 26%, to 22%  for Falk, 21%  for Obey and 11% for Cullen, according to the survey.

Barrett has the best favorability numbers of the candidates at a +30 spread (53/23). He's followed by Obey at +20 (43/23), Falk at +8 (36/28), and Cullen at +6 (25/19).

Mayor Barrett told TODAY'S TMJ4 Tuesday he's focusing on running for re-election as mayor, not governor.

"I know there will be one if not more active Democrats who will be candidates for this office.  I don't think people have to worry about that now," said Barrett.  "Today (Tuesday) is a day to focus on an unprecedented day in the state of Wisconsin which is the gathering of one million signatures to recall the governor of the state of Wisconsin."

Mayor Barrett ran for governor in 2010 and Republican Scott Walker received 1,128,941 votes, 52.29% of the vote compared to Democrat Tom Barrett with 1,004,303 votes and 46.52% of the vote.