Governor Scott Walker continues to hold a lead in Wisconsin, among Republican candidates for president. But his margin dropped in the latest Marquette Law School Poll. Twenty-five percent of Republican primary voters backed him, according to the poll results releasded on Thursday. Ben Carson was second with 13 percent, and Donald Trump third with eight percent among those voters. Poll director Charles Franklin said Walker was at 40 percent in April. “That’s quite a change” Franklin said.
The poll also found that fewer people think Walker is doing a good job as governor. His approval rating fell to 39 percent. It was 49 percent last October. Franklin said up until the April poll, Walker’s job approval had been consistently hovering around 50-percent.
The survey also found that fewer people think Walker is doing a good job as governor. His approval rating fell to 39 percent. It was 49 percent last October. In a head-to-head match-up with Hillary Clinton, the poll found Walker would lose by 10 points.
Complete poll numbers are available at law.marquette.edu/poll.
In other Walker news on Thursday, his office announced that the governor’s longtime chief of staff is stepping down. Eric Schutt is leaving “to pursue other opportunities and to spend more time with family.” The press release did not say what those opportunities might be.
Schutt played a key role in helping pass Walker’s three state budgets and his legislation repealing collective bargaining for most public employees. Schutt’s replacement will be Rich Zipperer, who has been deputy chief of staff since 2012. He will take over September fourth.