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Monday, April 16, 2012

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PPP: Walker at 50 percent vs. Barrett, Falk; Barrett leads Dem primary

A new Public Policy Polling survey done for the liberal blog Daily Kos finds Gov. Scott Walker backed by 50 percent of respondents against Dems Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk.

The poll also found Barrett with a 14-point lead on Falk in the Dem primary.

When pitted against Barrett, Walker was favored by 50 percent of respondents, compared to 45 percent who supported the Milwaukee mayor. Walker led Falk 50-43, Doug La Follette 51-40 and Kathleen Vinehout 50-38.

Independent Hari Trivedi was included and was backed by between 2 and 5 percent of the respondents in the four matchups.

The poll, conducted Friday through Sunday, found an improvement in Walker's numbers from the last time the Dem firm PPP was in the field in February. Then, Barrett edged Walker 49-46 and he was about event with Falk, who was favored 48-47.

PPP's Tom Jensen said part of the difference may be because the firm used likely recall voters in the poll vs. registered voters, while independents have flipped to Walker compared to the last survey.

The poll of 1,136 votes had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

The subset for the Dem primary had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. It found 38 percent of respondents favored Barrett, compared to 24 for Falk, 9 for La Follette and 6 for Vinehout with 22 percent undecided. In February, Barrett led Falk 45-18 in a four-way match up.

The poll also found GOP Lt. Guv. Rebecca Kleefisch leading Dem challenger Mahlon Mitchell 46-40. Unlike in normal guv races, the guv and lt. guv candidates will run separately in this year's recall elections. They normally run as a ticket after the nominees are picked in their parties' primaries.

-- By JR Ross

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