Marquette poll: Clinton’s Wisconsin lead expands to 15 percent of likely voters

The latest Marquette Law School Poll finds Hillary Clinton at 46 percent with Wisconsin registered voters and Donald Trump at 36 percent.

About 16 percent of voters in the state told Marquette they will: vote for neither candidate, will not vote or don’t know how they will vote, according to a news release issued on Aug. 10.

In July, the poll had Clinton at 43 percent and Trump at 37 percent.

Clinton’s numbers go up among likely voters in November. The Democratic candidate is at 52 percent and Trump is back at 37 percent. In July, on this question, Clinton was at 45 percent and Trump was at 41 percent.

About 65 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable view of Trump and about 53 percent have an unfavorable view of Clinton.

About 47 percent of voters say Clinton “cares about people like me” and 31 percent say that about Trump.

Fifty-eight say Clinton has the qualifications to be president. Just 29 percent say Trump has what’s needed to occupy the Oval Office.

The poll shows about 79 percent of Republicans support Trump and 90 percent of Democrats support Clinton. Independents are split 36 percent for Clinton, 34 percent for Trump and 29 percent saying they would vote for neither, they wouldn’t vote or they don’t know.

Marquette said Republicans and independents who lean Republican see their party as divided —47 percent saying it is divided now and still will be divided in November. The numbers has barely moved from July, when 46 percent said the GOP would remain divided.

Among Democrats and independents who lean Democratic, 16 percent say the party is divided and will remain so. In July, 19 percent thought the party would remain divided.

The Marquette poll also looked at the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold. In the November contest, Feingold is at 49 percent and Johnson is at 43 percent. Last month, Feingold was at 48 percent and Johnson at 41 percent.

About 53 percent of likely voters support Feingold and 42 percent support Johnson.

On other questions, Scott Walker’s approval rating is at 38 percent, unchanged from July. His disapproval rating is 59 percent, a point higher from July.

About 54 percent of registered voters have a favorable view of House Speaker Paul Ryan and the president’s approval rating is at 53 percent, two points up from July.

The poll was conducted by phone Aug. 4-7, after the Republican and Democratic national conventions. The Marquette Law School Poll is the most extensive statewide polling project in Wisconsin history.

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