Evers Leads Walker in Latest Marquette Poll

A new Marquette University Law School poll released earlier this week shows Democratic candidate Tony Evers leading incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker in the Wisconsin governor’s race. According to the poll, conducted Sept.12-16, Evers leads among likely voters with 49 percent, while 44 percent backed Walker. Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson captured 6 percent. In the previous Marquette poll conducted in mid-August, Walker and Evers were tied among likely voters, with each receiving 46 percent.

Marquette poll director Charles Franklin attributed Evers’ lead in the race to Democratic enthusiasm heading into the November election and growing support from women voters.

In Wisconsin’s U.S Senate race, incumbent Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin increased her lead over Republican candidate Leah Vukmir. Among likely voters, Baldwin leads with 53 percent, while Vukmir captured 42 percent. In the August poll, Baldwin lead Vukmir 49 percent to 47 percent.

Marquette Poll Highlights:

Governor’s Race

  • Among Likely Voters:
    • Evers – 49%
    • Walker (I) – 44%
    • Anderson – 6%
  • Favorability
    • Walker Favorability:
      • Favorable – 45%
      • Unfavorable – 52%
    • Evers Favorability:
      • Favorable – 40%
      • Unfavorable – 29%

In the August poll, 49 percent of voters had a favorable view of Walker, while 47 percent had an unfavorable view. Evers’ favorability was at 38 percent, while 27 percent of voters viewed him unfavorably.

U.S. Senate Race

  • Among Likely Voters:
    • Baldwin (I) – 53%
    • Vukmir – 42%
  • Favorability
    • Baldwin Favorability:
      • Favorable – 48%
      • Unfavorable – 40%
    • Vukmir Favorability:
      • Favorable – 26%
      • Unfavorable – 38%

In the August poll, 46 percent of voters had a favorable view of Baldwin, while 42 percent had an unfavorable view. For Vukmir, 30 percent had a favorable opinion and 29 percent unfavorable.


Direction of the State

  • According to the poll:  “Fifty percent of Wisconsin registered voters see the state as headed in the right direction while 47 percent think the state is off on the wrong track. In August, 53 percent said right direction and 41 percent said wrong track.”



  • According to the poll:   “Forty-eight percent of registered voters think the state is paying more than the Foxconn plant is worth, while 39 percent think the plant will provide at least as much value as the state is investing in the plant. Thirteen percent say they don’t know if the plant will be worth it or not. In the August poll, 44 percent said the state was paying too much and 41 percent said it was worth it.”


Tariffs and Trade

  • According to the poll:  “Thirty-one percent think increased tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will improve the U.S. economy while 52 percent think tariffs will hurt the economy. Seventeen percent say they don’t know. In the August poll, 34 percent said tariffs would improve the economy while 48 percent said tariffs would hurt the economy.”


Environment vs. Economic growth

  • According to the poll:  “Fifty-nine percent say that protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of curbing economic growth. Twenty-seven percent would give economic growth priority even if the environment suffers to some extent.”


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