Polls have bad news for Scott Walker, GOP

A solid majority of Wisconsinites disapprove of Gov. Scott Walker's job performance and don’t like the way things are headed in the GOP-controlled state, according to a poll released July 13.

The University of Wisconsin Survey Center's Badger Poll found that 59 percent of residents disapprove of Walker, and 55 percent disapprove of the direction of the state. The latter figure is an all-time high for the poll.

Sixty percent of residents disapprove of the Legislature, which is controlled by Republicans. Nearly two-thirds of Wisconsinites feel that state government is run for the benefit of a few big interests over that of the people.

Wisconsin residents’ disapproval rating for Congress has grown from 64 percent to 69 percent since the GOP took over the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Badger Poll showed that President Obama’s approval rating in Wisconsin is up slightly at 50 percent, one percent higher than a year ago.

“There are a lot of voters who gave Republicans a chance last November and we are seeing a pretty serious case of buyer’s remorse,” said Mike Tate, chairman of the state’s Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, voter turnout in the July 12 Democratic primary races in the state was considerably higher than had been predicted.

The Democratic candidates who are running against GOP senators in six recall races were forced into July 12 primaries when Republicans pretending to be Democrats ran against them in an attempt to trick voters. All six actual Democrats prevailed in the fake races, which cost taxpayers more than $400,000.

In the GOP’s three most vulnerable districts, turnout was extremely high – as much as 88 percent of the turnout last fall in hotly contested, high-profile races.

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