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Marquette University Law School Poll

Marquette University Law School Poll

GOVERNOR WALKER

A Marquette University law school poll released Tuesday says 51 percent of respondents approve of the way Gov. Scott Walker is doing his job, while 45 percent disapprove.

The poll questioned 717 respondents. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

One big issue for Walker has been the economy. He campaigned in 2010 on a pledge to add 250,000 private-sector jobs in his first term.

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they believe Wisconsin is lagging behind other states in creating jobs, while 9 percent said they think the state is creating jobs faster than others. Thirty-five percent say Wisconsin is on pace with other states in creating jobs.

The poll questioned 717 respondents. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

PRESIDENTIAL PICK

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan leading the field in his home state for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, with support from 27 percent of Wisconsin Republican voters and independents who lean Republican. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has the support of 21 percent, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is third with 16 percent support. Other potential candidates include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 11 percent, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 7 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 5 percent and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 1 percent. Twelve percent said they didn’t know or preferred someone else.

On the Democratic side in Wisconsin, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the choice of 62 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, while Vice President Joe Biden is the choice of 13 percent. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 5 percent support, followed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 4 percent, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick with 2 percent and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner with 1 percent each.

In an early look at the 2016 general election matchups in the state, Clinton leads all potential nominees, with the closest contest between Clinton (48%) and Ryan (44%). Clinton leads Christie 46 to 40 percent, and she is ahead of Walker 50 to 42 percent. Her lead expands against Paul, 51 to 37 percent, and against Rubio, 51 to 35 percent.

UW

A Marquette University law school poll released Tuesday says three-fourths of Wisconsin residents support a tuition freeze at the University of Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker and state lawmakers have called on regents to freeze tuition following reports that the University of Wisconsin System has hundreds of millions of dollars in reserves. University officials said earlier this month they expect to have $1.2 billion in reserve by the end of June.

Seventy-six percent of respondents support a tuition freeze, while 21 percent oppose one.

The poll also asked about $181 million in increased funding for UW that Walker included in his budget plan.

Forty-four percent favor reducing that, while 50 percent oppose reducing it.

The poll questioned 717 respondents. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

VOUCHER PROGRAM

A Marquette University law school poll released Tuesday said 48 percent of respondents would like to see Wisconsin's voucher program expanded statewide or at least in larger districts with some underperforming schools. Forty-four percent want it frozen or ended altogether.

That's about the same as last month when 52 percent of respondents supported expansion, and 42 percent wanted vouchers frozen or ended.

Pollster Charles Franklin says that shows opinions aren't changing much even after strong discussion about the issue statewide.

The voucher program gives taxpayers subsidies to send their children to private school. It started in Milwaukee and expanded to Racine last year.

Gov. Scott Walker has proposed expanding it to nine more districts.

The poll questioned 717 respondents. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Other questions were asked regarding budget items and background checks.  You can see all the results here on their website.

 

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