New political poll shows Gov. Walker and Mary Burke still in dead heat

Posted, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 --- 5:08 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The race for Wisconsin governor couldn't be any closer with just seven weeks to go.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke tied among registered voters.

Walker and Burke both had 46 percent support. The poll's margin of error was 3.5 percentage points among registered voters.

Among likely voters, they were also about even with Walker at 49 percent compared to 46 percent for Burke. That is within the 4.1 percentage point margin of error for likely voters.

Polls dating back to May have shown the race to be about even.

Pollster Charles Franklin says there continues to be no evidence of a clear front runner.

The poll of 800 registered voters was done between Sept. 11 and Sunday.

Posted, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 --- 5:38 p.m.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is giving Governor Scott Walker a run for his job. New numbers just released in the Marquette Law school poll show the two neck and neck.

The election is 10 weeks away and the big question the race for governor is boiling down to-who can help Wisconsin create more jobs? And it was answered by voters with an exact tie. 45%-45%

Now, among likely voters Burke is taking the lead with 48.6% in favor of her to 46.5% favoring Walker.

But among registered voters, Walker pulled ahead with 47.5% percent to 44% for Burke.

Both of those differences are within the polls margin of error.

Political expert Dick Haven says the fact that the two candidates are tied in job creation could mean problems for Walker.

"As a republican governor who is touted as being friendly to business, to have a challenger tie him in who is most capable to create jobs means he's got a tough road ahead," says Haven.

And in the race for attorney general the poll shows democrat Susan Happ leading republican Brad Schimel 42%-32%.

Haven says this number is probably because one, Happ had a primary that gained her some attention, and he says two, Brad Schimel is being associated with current republican attorney general J.B. Van Hollen who is getting a lot of negative attention for his opposition to gay marriage.

But with 24% still undecided, this race has a long way to go to the election on November 4th.


Wednesday July 23, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Gov. Scott Walker in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

The poll released Wednesday showed Walker with 46 percent among registered voters, compared with 45 percent for Burke. That is within the poll's 3.5 percent margin of error.

In the previous poll, conducted in May, Walker and Burke were also tied among registered voters.

The latest poll of 804 registered voters was done between July 17 and Sunday. That was during the period when Walker was running ads statewide attacking Burke over the outsourcing of jobs at Trek Bicycles, a Wisconsin-based company started by her father that she used to work for.

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