Wisconsin recall election: Barrett poll shows Walker up two

at 02:33 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Democrats continue to fight back against the notion that they are losing control of the recall election in Wisconsin, with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s (D) campaign releasing another poll showing a tight race.


Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett speaks at his primary election victory party Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Barrett will face Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a June recall election. (Morry Gash - Associated Press)

The Barrett poll, conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, shows Gov. Scott Walker (R) at 50 percent and Barrett at 48 percent.

Another Democratic poll released earlier this week, by the pro-recall group We Are Wisconsin, showed Barrett trailing by 3 percent. Previous independent polls showed Walker leading by between 5 percent and 9 percent, and another this week — from St. Norbert College and Wisconsin Public Radio — showed the governor up by 5 points.

Walker’s momentum in the independent polls appeared to be owed to a barrage of Republican-funded ads that caused Barrett’s unfavorable rating to rise significantly.

The new Barrett poll, from Democratic pollster Fred Yang, notes that Walker’s negatives have also risen, though he’s still viewed favorably by more voters (48 percent) than view him unfavorably (46 percent). Those numbers are about on-par with other polling in the race.

The polling memo also maintains that Barrett’s numbers have improved (“albeit incrementally,” Yang says), but notably doesn’t disclose what they are.

The memo also notes that, among voters who say they are 100 percent sure they will vote on June 5, Walker and Barrett are tied at 49 percent.

 
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