Recent Marquette Law School Poll touches on school vouchers and Mueller report

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A recent Marquette Law School Poll has been released, touching on subjects like legalizing marijuana, opinions of Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Legislature as well as voters feelings toward the Robert Mueller report. 

In state issues, 59% of voters say marijuana use should be legal while 36% say it should not be legal. An overwhelming amount of voters, 83%, said the use of marijuana for medical use with a doctor’s prescription should be legal. 

Forty-one percent support a freeze on the number of students in voucher schools and a suspension of new independent charter schools, while 46% are opposed. 

Medicaid has also been a hot topic around the U.S., here in Wisconsin, 70% say the state should accept federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage while 23% oppose the expansion.

Fifty-seven percent of voters prefer to keep the current level of gas taxes and registration fees while 39% support increasing the gas tax and fees in order to increase spending on roads and highways. The increase was proposed in Governor Tony Evers’ state budget.

The push for a minimum wage increase is happening all over the U.S. as well. In Wisconsin, 57% support the increase while 38% oppose it. 

In February 2018, Wisconsin Republicans introduced of criminal justice initiatives that touch on reform, quicker access to a trial and expanding treatment programs. Voters were polled on criminal justice issues, 88% support expanding job training for prisoners while 9% opposed it. Seventy-eight percent support increased use of treatment programs and alternatives to jail for offenders with drug or alcohol issues. 16% opposed it. Forty-nine percent support raising the age at which defendants are considered adults in criminal cases from 17 to 18, while 45% oppose increasing the age. 

After three months in office, 48% of voters find Gov. Tony Evers favorable, 35% find him unfavorable.

Fifty percent say they approve of the job the Wisconsin legislature is doing while 38% disapprove. Fifty-two percent of respondents say the state is heading in the right direction while 40% say it’s on the wrong track. 

Nationally, 46% of registered voters in Wisconsin approve of the job Trump is doing as president while 52% disapprove. Not much changed since the last Marquette Law School Poll in January – 44% approved and 52% disapproved. 

Support for reelecting the President hasn’t changed much since the last poll in January; 28% say they would definitely vote to reelect Trump, 14% would probably vote to reelect him, 8% say that they would probably for someone else and 46% would definitely vote for someone else.  

Among the 12 current potential Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are top choices, 32% and 29% respectively.

Respondents were also asked about the recent Mueller report, 42% say they have a great deal of confidence in the fairness of the investigation, 25% say they have some confidence, 10% say they only have a little confidence and 14% say they have no confidence at all in the fairness of the investigation.

The Marquette Law School Poll was conducted April 3rd to 7th. 800 registered voters in Wisconsin were interviewed by cell phone or landline. 

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