A new poll shows Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 presidential contest. The poll, conducted by the Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling, show Walker trailing Clinton by nine points among registered voters in Wisconsin.
The results are not a surprise to one polling expert. Marquette University Law School professor Charles Franklin says Clinton has seen similar favorable ratings in other recent polling, due largely to how well known the potential Democratic candidate is among voters when compared to the possible GOP field.
The poll also looked at Walker’s approval rating in Wisconsin, finding 43 percent of voters disapprove of the job he’s doing. Franklin says that’s a substantial drop from polling done last year.
The governor did see his approval rating among conservatives increase though, which Franklin says could be tied to him weighing in on a number of key topics recently that are core Republican issues, including support for right-to-work legislation. Those positions may also hurt him with independents though, who Franklin notes the PPP poll did moving away from Walker a bit.
The survey of 1,071 registered Wisconsin voters was conducted March 6-8. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.