Governor’s race remains tight

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows the race for Wisconsin governor still in a dead heat between incumbent Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke. The August poll of 815 registered voters was conducted Aug. 21-24. The numbers changed only slightly compared to previous polls in July and May and remain within the margins of error.

The margin of error in August was +/- 3.5% among the full sample of 815 registered voters and +/- 4.1% for the 609 likely voters polled.

 

Likely Voters

Registered Voters

 

Walker

Burke

Walker

Burke

August 2014

46.5

48.6

47.5

44.1

July 2014

46.3

46.8

45.8

44.8

May 2014

47.9

45.2

46.1

45.7

Of registered voters, 54% believe the state is headed in the right direction, compared to 42% who believe otherwise.

Forty-five percent of registered voters who responded believe the state’s budget is in better shape now, 26% say it’s about the same, and 22% believe it is worse than it was a few years ago.

The race for attorney general shows both candidates needing public face time, with 73% of those polled not knowing enough about Democrat Susan Happ to form an opinion and 76% not familiar enough with Republican Brad Schimel. Still, of registered voters taking the poll, 40% said they would support Happ, with 33% in Schimel’s court. The gap increases among likely voters, with 42% leaning toward Happ and 32% favoring Schimel.

Sixty-three percent of those polled favored requiring photo identification at the polls, compared to 32% who were opposed to the idea.