UPDATE: Poll Finds Even Split on Walker Recall Question

UPDATED Thursday, April 21, 2011 --- 3:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new poll suggests Wisconsinites would be about evenly split on the question of recalling Gov. Scott Walker.

The idea of recalling the Republican governor arose during protests over his efforts to remove collective-bargaining rights from most public employees. The question is moot for now, since lawmakers must be in office for one year before they can be recalled. Walker was inaugurated in January.

Still, if there were a recall election, Thursday's poll suggests a tight outcome. It says 48 percent would vote to keep Walker in office, while 47 percent would vote to remove him.

The poll was commissioned by Wisconsin Public Radio and performed by St. Norbert College. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points and was conducted from April 5 through Monday.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


Posted Friday, February 18, 2011 --- 3:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- All those angry protesters calling for a recall election to replace Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to wait a while.

According to the Wisconsin Constitution, an elected official must be in office for a year before someone can launch a recall petition against him or her. That means the earliest anyone could mount a recall petition against Walker would be January 2012.

Organizers would need signatures totaling 25 percent of the votes case in the last gubernatorial election. In Walker's case, that translates to about 540,200 names.

Thousands of people have gathered at the state Capitol for a fourth straight day to protest a Walker bill that would all but kill public sector unions.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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