Poll: Scott Walker Tied in Re-Election Race

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Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 07:23 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, seeking re-election in 2014, is tied with his main Democratic challenger, businesswoman Mary Burke, at 45 percent, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

A possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, Walker was elected in 2010 with 52 percent of the vote. He survived a recall election in 2012 after he stripped government employees of some of their bargaining capabilities in an effort to narrow the state's budget deficit.

Support for the candidates broke down along party lines with 92 percent of Republicans backing Walker's reelection and 81 percent of Democrats behind Burke. Walker holds a slight edge among independents, 48 to 43 percent.

The governor gets a 50 percent general approval rating among all voters.

Rasmussen analysts say that what's most politically significant is the intensity of opinions Walker generates: 34 percent strongly approve of his performance against 38 percent who strongly disapprove. Also, 36 percent of all voters viewing him very favorably against 37 percent who see him very unfavorably.

Among Republicans, the incumbent gets a 93 percent approval rating, with independents giving him a 54 percent approval rating. Democrats, in contrast, disapprove by 86 percent.

On specific issues, Walker is better trusted to control government spending, while Burke has the edge on social issues and ethics.

The poll— the first conducted since an investigation into one of his former aides forced the release of emails showing the inner workings of his office— surveyed 500 likely voters during March 10 and March 11 and has a margin of error of 4.5 points.

Meanwhile, Walker is pushing the state legislature to modify a 2011 law, which in its present form has been blocked by the courts, to require voters to present state-issued IDs before casting their ballots, The Wisconsin State Journal reported. He said that with the right adjustments the court's concerns could be addressed.

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