Skip to comments.Poll: Majority don't side with Walker; senators should come home
Posted on 02/19/2011 8:49:22 AM PST by freespirited
A new poll shows that a small majority of Wisconsin residents disagree with Gov. Scott Walkers plans to increase public employees share of their benefits and to strip the unions of much of their power.
But the poll also says that a stronger majority of respondents think that Democratic state senators, who fled the Capitol on Thursday to avoid taking a vote on the Walkers legislation, should return to Madison.
The poll was conducted and paid for We Ask America of Springfield, Ill. Gregg Durham, chief operating officer of the polling group, said that his organization is largely owned by the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, but the polling work of We Ask America is done separately from the association.
The poll was conducted on Thursday by sampling 2,397 Wisconsin residents. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points....
The poll asked respondents if they approve or disapprove of Walkers plans. According to the poll, 43.05% approved and 51.9% disapproved. 5.05% were uncertain. Females and union households registered higher disapproval.
On whether the Democratic senators should return to Madison, 55.99% said yes, 36.38% said no and 7.63% were not sure. There was virtually no difference of opinion based on gender...
Clearly, they may be against part of Walkers plans, but they felt that senators should come back too, Durham said. I think thats the sign of a pretty mature electorate, that they can separate those two issues.
Its pretty clear that people view Wisconsin as a burgeoning swing state, Durham said. But clearly, too, there is a history of the state of rewarding people who take stances that arent safe, so it makes it an intersting place for people to investigate.
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Read the article some more and looked who conducted the poll.. I would take a look at the sampling..
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It’s a fake poll intended to make Walker give in.
Why do you thing the RAT democrats who fled said they may not come back for weeks.
What they are saying is they won’t come back until the fake polls make Walker or some of the other GOP senators blink.
I am betting that the sample was a bit weighted towards those who could answer the phone, since they were not working.
Did the pollster ask if they supported a massive tax increase to pay for public sector unions bloated salary and benefits?
Who trusts the polls. The real poll was in November.
This strike is not about worker benefits, it’s about unionization of the state workers under a federal union, Obama’s SEIU.
That’s what Obamacare is about, as well, unionization of 1/5 of the economy under the SEIU. The health care workers on the West Coast are already part of the SEIU. Obama wants the insurance workes as well. He wants to control the whole country through the SEIU and he’s using the internet to do it, just like they did in Egypt.
Did you hear about that? Glenn Beck was on O’Reilly saying that he has seen proof that the US State department worked with Google to agitate the over throw of Mubarak. Now, Obama is working to over throw the state governments in the US.
[A majority disapproves of Walker’s generous proposal? WTH is wrong with people?]
They are lied to and misinformed by their liberal media.
NO FEDERAL BAILOUT!
A liberal rag and a liberal poll, thru their best contortions can only get a tad over 50% to disapprove?
Hold fast governor Walker and GOP!
I’m under the impression that We Ask America is a GOP polling firm. But I agree thst the sampling influenced the outcome: this is a poll of “residents” not likely voters. I figure this shifted the results to the left by five points or so, which still gives pretty amazing results regarding public opinion of the proposal.
Fine, let him raise property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline tax, sugar and fat tax, employment taxes... every damn tax on the books, then he should give himself a raise with increased benefits then leave for a long vacation... oh, and screw WI cheese...
It has to be a push poll.
I don’t buy the results of this poll. There was a thread up yesterday of a nationwide poll which showed that a strong majority of Americans side with Gov Walker’s position on the public unions.
Responsible Americans with jobs, families, and mortgages have polled strongly in favor of scaling back the wages and benefits of public employee union members.
Sounds like another poll of left-liberal slackers and parasites to me.
“On whether the Democratic senators should return to Madison, 55.99% said yes, 36.38% said no . . .”
That’s the real poll. A return by the senators means the legislation will be passed.
It has to be a push poll. The people elected Walker AND the Republicans when the Republicans openly said that they would rein in the power of the public unions.
Really? Wasn't this part of Walker's election campaign platform?
Manufactured consent. Its been around since the days of Wilson.
Maybe they polled the demonstrators to get the ‘slight’ majority.
I never trust what I read in a left-wing rag. Especially not the headline.
“Read the article some more and looked who conducted the poll. I would take a look at the sampling.”
Last November was the only poll that counted. Elections matter. The legislature needs to pass new legislation fining public employees who engage in illegal work actions. I would also like to see taxpayers given the ability to sue individual teachers and labor cartels over illegal work actions.
Doing the right thing is rarely popular.
It was a poll of residents. The political polls should always be a poll of some kind of voters. Registered is okay, likely is better.
It is skewed to liberals, by the nature of the poll. If this were a national poll it would be skewed about 10% from likely voters poll results. In national polls this is usually called an Adult Poll because the poll is only polling based on someone, somewhere in Wisconsin, answering their phone.
You can check the truth by applying the rough difference in a voter poll with the adult/resident poll and just apply the roughly 10% difference. No one would be surprised that just 35% of the likely voters would support the obstruction of the legislature. 40% of the registered voters may even support that action. Texas legislators did the same action and the result was a veto proof republican Texas legislature.
Nice theater, but when you debate an opponent for reelection, not exactly a defensible position. It will bite them in the behind. The magic sauce applied in this kind poll, will not show up in their reelection bids and they know this.
I’m not buying it. Sorry MSM, good try.
I venture to say that 80-90% of the public doesn’t have a clue what Walker’s proposal actually is. They’ve been misinformed by the left-wing media and are falling for the big lie. Just like in 2008 when they voted for that worthless dirtbag communist for president.
AP AM drive time news on Friday, the headlines that are the primary news source for a majority of busy people, billed it as an “anti-union” measure, postured the teachers as martyrs and never once mentioned balancing the budget. The news is a snow job.
For a long time Wisconsin had liberal government, there's a reason for that. That government there is more conservative now, may be a fluke.
What part of “broke” do these maddoffs not understand?
The part where you can’t afford stuff anymore?
O’Reilly said the real polls will come out next week. These done by newspapers really mean zip. If the people of WI want the unions to get raises and run their economy totally in the ground, let the dummies do it. But, I have a feeling that is not the case. I have a feeling that the average Wisconsinite has just about had enough of this cr*p.
Public opinion will likely be volatile on this issue.
People often say they want cuts and something done about public sector unions, but as soon as the teachers come out whining and crying the public, at least in the past, tends to break down and support the educators.
My guess is by next week we will see most polls will oppose Walker’s plan. As time goes by though, it may swing again in the Governors favor as people get sick of teachers skipping out on work.
This is a pretty big deal and Wisconsin is a union friendly state. If Walker and the Republicans stick to the their guns and effectively break the Wisconsin public employee’s unions it will be an amazing victory and perhaps a PATCO moment.
The Governor and Assembly and Senate Republicans MUST hold strong here. The runaway Senate Democrats will have to come back eventually, and we will simply pass the bill when they do.
Shannon Bream is interviewing a Tea Partier in support of Governor Walker at a rally in Wisconsin!
I’d like to see the questions; how they were asked, wording, etc.
You can get someone to say “yes” or “no” to damned near any question if you word “just so...”
Communist Protester in Wis.: People Are Open to a Revolutionary Movement
Thanks for the link! I just signed it and will send it out to others!
As an Illinois resident I can say with confidence we should pay zero attention to any poll done by any outfit from Springfield IL.
Likely polled the usual suspects. Leaders don’t need polls, they lead.
Pray for America
If any Freepers from out-state have a few minutes on their hands today, perhaps they can read the up to date stories from our major newspaper and then post supporting notes in the comments section of each story. The unions seem to have their posters in there 24/7.
Here is a link to the front page of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
The WSJ has a poll on the same thing and the overwhelming response is for no collective bargaining rights for government workers.
Polls don’t change the financial situation. If they’re broke, they’re broke.
Remember when the left got all worked up when they accused ITT of supporting a coup in Chile back in the 70’s? Google does it and everything is aaaaaaright!!
According to the article, they polled "residents", which means any unemployed slacker with excess time on his hands to answer a dumb push poll.
If they'd polled likely voters, tax payers, home owners, or business owners, they would have gotten an entirely different result.
The only “poll” that counts was taken in November 2010.
Walker’s position prevails!
Excellent point. Although I think you are too generous estimating that 10-20% has a grasp on what the proposal actually says. Prolly more like 3%.