A new poll of Wisconsin voters finds Scott Walker is the leading Republican presidential candidate in his home state, but his approval rating has slipped — and he would lose the general election to Democrat Hillary Clinton if they square off in 2016.
The Marquette University Law School survey results
have Walker leading the crowded GOP field with 25 percent of the vote among those who are Republican or lean Republican, with Ben Carson a distant second at 13 percent. In third is Donald Trump at 9 percent.
Walker's approval rating has gone down 2 points, from 41 percent to 39 percent, since April. The greater worry, however, is that Walker, who has served as Wisconsin's governor since 2011, trails Clinton in a head-to-head matchup.
Clinton would beat Walker 52 percent to 42 percent, and, in fact, she would beat the other three Republican candidates listed as potential opponents in 2016: Jeb Bush (47 percent to 42 percent); Ted Cruz (50 percent to 38 percent); and Trump (51 percent to 35 percent).
"As Governor Walker says, the only poll that matters is on election day," Walker campaign spokeswoman AshLee Strong told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"Gov. Walker has a strong record of fighting for reform and winning on behalf of the taxpayers, and he will continue to share that message in the months to come."
Clinton's numbers, according to the survey, have fallen drastically in the last few months. She had 58 percent of the voters' support in April, but that figure stands at 44 percent in the most recent poll.
National polls, meanwhile, still have Trump leading the GOP pack. The results of a Fox News poll released
four days ago showed Trump is ahead with 25 percent of the vote, while Carson (12 percent) and Cruz (10 percent) come in second and third.
The Fox poll found Bush and Walker are struggling, garnering 9 percent and 6 percent of the vote.
Last week, Walker said he is tired of talking about Trump,
who has stirred the pot of Republican candidates as they jockey for position in the polls.
"I want to be talking about making the country great," Walker said. "We live in a great country; we just need to act like it again."
This week, Walker called for ending birthright citizenship,
which is legal under current interpretations of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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