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Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Marquette: Feingold continues to lead Johnson, Carson jumps to front GOP presidential pack

Dem Russ Feingold continued to hold a double-digit lead over GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll released today.

Meanwhile, Ben Carson jumped to the front of the GOP presidential pack, while Hillary Clinton's lead over the Republican field has evaporated since the last survey in September.

The new poll found Feingold leading Johnson 49-38 compared to 50-36 in September. It also found Feingold's favorability rating tightening a little, while Johnson was upside down.

Forty-two percent of registered voters surveyed had a favorable view of Feingold, while 36 percent had an unfavorable one. Meanwhile, 27 percent had a favorable view of Johnson, while 38 percent had an unfavorable one and 35 percent couldn't give an opinion of him.

In the GOP presidential primary, Carson led the field at 22 percent, while Donald Trump and Marco Rubio were tied at 19 percent apiece. In September, Trump led at 20 percent with Carson at 16 percent and Rubio at 14 percent. Franklin said with a margin of error of plus or minus 6.6 percentage points among Republicans, the changes were not statistically significant.

On the Dem side, Clinton led Bernie Sanders 50 percent to 41 percent with Martin O'Malley at 2 percent.

Still, Sanders tended to do better in hypothetical head-to-head matchups against Republican candidates.

Carson was backed by 45 percent of respondents, compared to 44 percent for Clinton. Sanders edged Carson 47-41.

Rubio was also backed by 45 percent compared to 44 percent for Clinton; in September, Clinton was at 48 percent compared to 40 percent for the Florida senator.

Sanders edged Rubio 46-42.

Both led Trump, Clinton at 48-38 and Sanders at 52-35.

The poll of 803 registered voters was conducted Tuesday through Sunday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. The margin for Republicans was plus or minus 6.6 percentage points and for Dems it was 6.1 percentage points.

With leaners included, the sample was 47 percent Democratic, 41 percent Republican and 11 percent independents. The long-term average is 47-42-9.

-- By Staff


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