St. Norbert College survey shows Gov. Walker ahead in the polls

Published 04/09 2014 05:14PM

Updated 04/09 2014 06:11PM

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV)-- Gov. Scott Walker is ahead in the latest political survey by St. Norbert College and Wisconsin Public Radio.

When asked if the election were held today, who would they vote for, 55-percent said Walker and 40-percent said they would vote for Democratic Challenger Mary Burke.

There is a +/- 5-precent margin of error.

Dr. Wendy Scattergood, a Political Professor at St. Norbert's College who conducted the survey,  said, “It’s going to be difficult for any challenger when you have an incumbent because particularly those that are less politically aware, they tend to side with the incumbent because they know more about that person and they feel more sure about that person.”

400 people participated in the survey.

37-percent identified themselves as Republican and 32-percent said they were Democrats. 

Not all of the people who participated were registered voters.

These numbers show independent voters will play a key factor in the election.

“What you’re seeing is the public is becoming a little more comfortable with his records because they’re not remembering or reflecting more directly on some of the things they might have animated them in a way to dislike him," said Jacobs.

When asked whether they felt financially better off than they were a year ago.  40-percent said they were.  32-percent said they were worse off and 27-percent said they weren’t sure. 

“If the news is that the economy is improving and people are confident then that favors the incumbent," said Dr. Scattergood.

“Obviously something has made the public think that we’re affective in what we’re doing in the state even though when you reflect on the economy and jobs data it seems like they’re still worried if unemployment will continue to go up," said Jacobs.

Gov. Walker’s campaign told Local 5 News, "Under Governor Walker's leadership, Wisconsin has created over 100,000 jobs and nearly 17,000 new businesses, turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a $911 million surplus, and cut taxes by $2 billion. We're confident voters want to continue moving Wisconsin forward and have no desire to return to the failed policies of the past."

Mary Burke's campaign declined to comment.

A spokesperson for the campaign said, "This is in no way, shape, or form a credible public opinion poll."

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