Wisconsin Governor's Race Remains Extremely Close


A new poll from Marquette Law School finds Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) narrowly trailing his Democratic opponent, Mary Burke.

Forty-nine percent of individuals considered likely to vote in November said they would support Burke, compared to 46 percent who plan to vote for Walker.

These results are virtually unchanged from the results of Marquette Law School's July poll, when Burke led Walker among likely voters by a margin of 47 percent to 46 percent.

Burke's name recognition has gone up markedly since July, when 49 percent of respondents said they had no opinion of her. In the new poll, only 35 percent said they have no opinion of Burke. Another 33 percent of respondents said they have a favorable opinion of her, while 32 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion.

Opinions of Walker are divided, with 47 percent expressing a positive opinion of him and another 48 percent expressing a negative opinion.

Respondents are also evenly split on how Walker is doing as governor. Forty-seven percent said they approve of his job performance, compared to 47 percent who disapprove.

Other recent polls have also shown Walker and Burke within 2 points of each other. HuffPost Pollster's model, which includes all publicly available polling, shows Walker at 49 percent and Burke at 47 percent.

The Marquette Law School Poll surveyed 815 registered voters, 609 of whom were considered likely to vote, by phone from Aug. 21 to 24.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the percentage of voters who plan to vote for Walker and the percentage who have a favorable opinion of him. We regret the errors.

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