Evers, Bald­win post big leads in NBC/Marist Col­lege poll

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

MADI­SON - Democrats Tony Evers and Tammy Bald­win posted big leads in the races for gov­er­nor and U.S. Se­nate in a poll re­leased Thurs­day by Marist Col­lege and NBC News.

The sur­vey was re­leased a day af­ter one from Mar­quette Univer­sity Law School that showed Evers, the state schools su­per­in­ten­dent, in a tight race for gov­er­nor and Bald­win with a siz­able ad­van­tage in her re-election bid for Se­nate.

In the Marist poll, Evers led GOP Gov. Scott Walker 50 per­cent to 42 per­cent, when the bal­lot is ex­panded to in­clude the Lib­er­tar­ian and Green Party can­di­dates run­ning for gov­er­nor.

That’s a ma­jor de­par­ture from Wed­nes­day’s Mar­quette poll, which had Evers trail­ing Walker by 1 point, a tossup.

The Marist poll had Bald­win lead­ing state Sen. Leah Vuk­mir (R-Brook­field) 54 per­cent to 40 per­cent. That was a big­ger lead than she had in the Mar­quette poll, which had her up 53 per­cent to 43 per­cent.

The lat­est poll showed 45 per­cent of Wis­con­sin likely vot­ers ap­prov­ing of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s job per­for­mance and 50 per­cent dis­ap­prov­ing. That’s in line with what the Mar­quette poll showed.

The Marist poll was con­ducted Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 — dur­ing a pe­riod the na­tion’s at­ten­tion was gripped by tes­ti­mony from Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh and Chris­tine Blasey Ford, who ac­cused him of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing him when they were both teenagers. The poll was com­pleted be­fore the Se­nate nar­rowly con­firmed Ka­vanaugh.

It in­cluded 571 likely vot­ers and had a mar­gin of er­ror of plus or mi­nus 4.8 per­cent­age points.

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