Wisconsin Governor: Walker (R) 48%, Barrett (D) 44%

Rasmussen Reports

Democrat Tom Barrett receives an increase in support this month to pull closer to both his Republican opponents in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Scott Walker, who won the state’s GOP endorsement in May, with 48% support to 44% for Barrett. Four percent (4%) prefer a different candidate, and another four percent (4%) are undecided. This is the closest the two candidates have been since April, when Barrett trailed by just two points. Last month, Walker led Barrett 49% to 41%.

If Mark Neumann is his GOP opponent, Barrett picks up 45% support to the Republican’s 43%. Seven percent (7%) like another candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided. Though Neumann moved to a 47% to 39% edge in June LINK, the two candidates were virtually tied in surveys conducted in May and April LINKS. Still, this is the lowest level of support measured for Neumann since the beginning of the year.

In surveys this year, Walker’s support has remained in the narrow range of 46% to 49%, while Barrett has earned 40% to 44% of the vote. When pitted against Neumann, Barrett has picked up 39% to 46% of the vote, while the Republican has run only slightly stronger in the 43% to 46% range.

Democratic Governor Jim Doyle is not standing for reelection, and, at present, Barrett has no strong opposition for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Voters in both parties will pick their nominees in September 14 primaries.

The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Wisconsin was conducted on July 13, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold is still in a virtual dead heat with endorsed Republican challenger Ron Johnson in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race.

Both Republicans hold solid leads among men in the state, while Barrett earns majority support from women in both match-ups.
Both Republicans hold healthy leads among voters not affiliated with either major political party.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of all voters in Wisconsin favor passage of an Arizona-like immigration law in their state, while 33% oppose such a law.

Most voters who favor an Arizona-like law in Wisconsin support the Republicans, while most opponents of such a law favor Barrett.
Neumann is viewed Very Favorably by 11% of all Wisconsin voters and Very Unfavorably by 16%.

Thirty percent (30%) of voters in the state share a Very Favorable view of Walker, while 19% view him Very Unfavorably.

Very Favorables for Barrett total 24%, while his Very Unfavorables add up to 23%.

Ratings for all three candidates are little changed from last month.

To read more, visit: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/wisconsin/election_2010_wisconsin_governor

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