September 1, 2014

Feingold for governor?

A new poll says former US Senate Democrat Russ Feingold would run even with Republican Governor Scott Walker, if the 2014 election were being held today.

The report from Public Policy Polling shows about 49 percent of the nearly 1,800 people surveyed said they would choose Feingold in a head-to-head race with Walker, while the governor would get 47 percent. The difference is within the poll’s 2.3 percent margin of error, indicating a statistical dead heat.

Other Democrats paired up against Walker in a run for a second term were unable to match Feingold chances. The results gave Walker a four point lead over Congressman Ron Kind, five points over Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), and six percent over state Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton).

The poll also indicates Walker’s approval rating has gone down since last fall, dropping to 48 percent from 51 percent just before the November elections.

Respondents were polled between last Thursday and Sunday, shortly after Governor Walker proposed his biennial budget plan that includes a possible income tax cut.