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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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Poll: Voters evenly split on recalling Walker, but he's neck-and-neck with possible Dem challengers

Those surveyed in a new poll are evenly split over recalling Gov. Scott Walker, while he is neck-and-neck with all the possible Dem challenges polled, even though many of them are largely unknown.

The survey from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling found Walker’s approval rating was 47 percent among those polled with 52 percent disapproving. Respondents were split 49-49 over whether her should be recalled.

In hypothetical head-to-head matchups, Walker trailed Dems Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk, though the difference was within the margin of error. Barrett led 49-46 with a favorability split for the Milwaukee mayor of 41-33, while Falk led 48-47 with a favorability spread of 31-42.

Walker led the other Dems paired against him, though those leads were also within the poll’s margin of error. Walker was up on Dave Obey 47-45 even though 43 percent of voters didn’t know enough about Obey to have an opinion of him; 47-44 on Jon Erpenbach with 59 percent unsure about the Dem state senator; 48-46 on Peter Barca with 57 percent not knowing the Assembly minority leader; 46-45 on Ron Kind with 57 percent unsure of the western Wisconsin congressman; 46-45 on Doug La Follette with 49 percent of voters not knowing the secretary of state; and 46-44 on Kathleen Vinehout with 60 percent saying they didn’t know enough about the western Wisconsin state senator to have an opinion of her.

Former Dem U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold has ruled out a run. But he led Walker 52-45 in the survey.

Only Falk and Vinehout have officially announced their campaigns, while LaFollette filed papers last week as he gauges a run. But in a field including those three and Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor was backed by 45 percent of the 425 self-identified Dems who were surveyed, while 18 percent preferred Falk, 14 percent LaFollette and 6 percent Vinehout, leaving 17 percent undecided.

With Barrett pulled out of the mix, Falk led with 41 percent, LaFollette 23, Vinehout 13 and 22 percent undecided.

The automated phone survey of 900 Wisconsin voters was conducted Thursday through Sunday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.27 percentage points. PPP said it was not paid for by any campaign or political organization.

-- By Staff

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