Poll: Anybody but him for governor
In the race for Wisconsin governor, any generic Democrat leads Republican Scott Walker in his bid for re-election, according to a late October survey from Public Policy Polling.
But then, on this anniversary of the 2016 presidential surprise, does anyone have faith in polls?
PPP’s survey of voters in Wisconsin finds Walker trailing a generic Democratic opponent 48-43.
“Scott Walker’s been a political survivor in the past,” said Dean Debnam, PPP president. “But 2018 is shaping up to be a completely different political landscape for Republicans from either 2010 or 2014 and he’s had sustained low approval numbers the last few years.”
Of course, PPP said, “generic Democrats sometimes poll stronger than who the nominee actually ends up being and it remains to be seen who from the crowded Democratic field emerges — but the race at the least looks like it should be a toss up.”
The PPP survey, released Oct. 26, showed 43 percent of voters approve of the job Walker’s doing and 49 percent disapprove.
There is a sentiment among voters that Wisconsin has not improved under Walker’s leadership. Just 17 percent think the quality of public schools has gotten better during his tenure and only 20 percent think the quality of roads and highways has gotten better.
Additionally, about 44 percent of voters think Walker is too supportive of Donald Trump, whose approval rating in the state is 40 percent.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s approval rating is at 35 percent and his disapproval is at 51 percent. About 44 percent of voters think Ryan also is too supportive of Trump.
“Paul Ryan’s seen his national approval numbers crater over the course of this year and Wisconsin is no different,” said Debnam. “There’s virtually no esteem for him from the Democratic base and he’s antagonized a lot of Republicans who like Trump better than him as well.”
In terms of the state Legislature, now controlled by Republicans in both chambers, Democrats lead a generic legislative ballot 44-41, which led PPP to ask voters about gerrymandering.
About 44 percent of voters think the state’s legislative district lines are not fairly drawn. And about 63 percent of voters think districts should be decided by an independent, nonpartisan commission instead of the legislature and governor. On some other issues:
• About 28 percent of voters say they support congressional Republicans’ tax proposal. About 51 percent say the plan will mostly just help wealthy families.
• 59 percent of voters support expanding Medicaid in the state.
• 79 percent support allowing borrowers to refinance their student loans.
— Lisa Neff