Skip to comments.New poll shows majority support Scott Walker recall
Posted on 11/16/2011 9:43:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Gov. Scott Walker has lost support among his Republican base, according to a poll released Tuesday that shows a majority of respondents want to recall him from office.
The Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College Survey was released the same day that Democrats, labor unions and others, angry over his moves to curb union rights, began circulating petitions to get the 540,000 signatures needed to force a recall election next year.
The poll showed that 58 percent of respondents believe Walker should be recalled from office. That compares with 47 percent who said in April that he should be recalled.
The growth in support for a recall came, surprisingly, from Republicans. In the spring, only 7 percent of Republicans supported recalling Walker but that grew to 24 percent in the fall. Support among Democrats held mainly steady at 88 percent in the spring and 92 percent in the fall.
Pollster Wendy Scattergood said Republicans who support recalling Walker are younger, have a lower income and are less educated than the rest of the sample in the poll. They also describe themselves as less conservative than other Republicans, she said.
Republican Party spokeswoman Nicole Larson dismissed the poll, saying the genuine feelings of voters can be found talking to those who are saving money thanks to Walker's policies designed to hold down taxes.
"Governor Walker is leading Wisconsin forward and the voters of this state will continue to support his responsible leadership," Larson said.
The decline in support also showed up in Walker's approval rating. Overall, 48 percent of survey respondents in the spring disapproved of the job he was doing. That increased to 58 percent in Tuesday's results.
Among Republicans, only 9 percent disapproved of Walker's job performance in the spring but that grew to 21 percent in the fall.
The telephone survey of 482 Wisconsin residents was done between Nov. 1 and Thursday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Either the poll is a lie or the “republicans” are morons.
Not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Seriously. This is a total joke of a push poll.
Well somebody from FR will dissect the cross tabs and see if this really amounts to anything. I don’t have the time but my guess is (if the Prosser election is any indication) that this is not the case.
Wisconsin Public Radio? Oh, yeah, we really believe them. They are so politically neutral and objective.
I really just don’t understand the stupidity of some voters and the knowing corruption (”yeah, I know he’s just an honest conservative, but f*** him because he’s making me pay for FIVE PERCENT of my own benefits”) of others.
By any objective measure, Walker’s reforms are a huge boon to school districts and other public employers.
Nor is Walker (like Ohio’s John Kasich) a personally “in your face” sort of guy. Nothing wrong if he WERE, but my point is, he looks and acts like Milton the Accountant or Pharmacist. This isn’t exactly a raging Woody Hayes type here.
Yet they hate him so very much.
Wisconsin, if you recall him and uproot these reforms of his, and go Ohio’s route, you are financially damned. And you will deserve it. (And as a Californian, I know whereof I speak — but it is too late for us here. Wisconsin still has a chance.)
Need some local feedback to properly evaluate this report.
not to worry, because when they fail (and they will) they will just blame it on Bush or some other Republican boogyman.
Public released “polls” are extremely effective professional marketing tools, especially for the left, to control people.
Why anybody pays attention to them with the history of how fake and manipulated polls can be is still amazing.
What significant Republican groups are publicly supporting Gov. Walker? Support for him should be on all airwaves, 24/7...if there is such support.
Why would anyone want to help pull the wagon when one can ride in it? Gov Walker is taking some easy money away from the Public Service unions. Why should any one be surprised the unions are mad as heck?
maybe they polled all state gubmint workers.
The St. Norbert poll has been laughed at by our side for ages. Liberal hackery at its finest.
i doubt it,
but if that’s the case,
then give wisconsin to the unions
and let wisconsin fail.
there are low-tax, non union states that will gain businesses.
The next thing, they’ll be telling me is that Obama’s birth certificates are not forged.
WTF is wrong with these people?
It takes enormous courage for politicians to act responsibly and stand up to the special interests. The reason we have so much corruption is that honest people are targeted for defeat and forced out of the system. Then, only the most despicable thieves and liars remain in government.
The corrupt state media are doing all they can to pimp the recall story and gin up a horse race. Who makes money in such an instance? The TV stations and newspapers that run millions of dollars in political ads. They have a financial interest in fanning the flames which IMO is greatly assisting the recall whackjobs.
Personally, I can not believe the Unions are doing this. As the truth comes out about what the Unions were truly fighting for, they look bad. If Walker mounts a strong campaign while Obama continues to decline, Wisconsin will be in play for the Republicans. I am surprised the DNC has allowed the Unions to pursue this recall. The only reason I can think of is that I am been wrong. The DNC does not control the Unions, the Unions control the DNC.
Yeah, I believe Republicans are siding with anarchist SEIU thugs..*rolls eyes*
Wisconsin Governor: Walker's Approval Numbers Edge Up Slightly
Rasmussen Reports: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Nearly seven months after large-scale protests first erupted in Wisconsin against his budget bill limiting collective bargaining rights for public employees, new polling shows state voters have a slightly improved opinion of Governor Scott Walker.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Wisconsin Voters shows that 38% Strongly Approve of the job Walker is doing, while the same number (38%) Strongly Disapproves.
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Wisconsin was conducted on October 26, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Do you have a more recent poll? That poll was from 3 weeks ago.
The "Minnesota Poll" has had every Democrat running for elective office up by anywhere from 8-15 points on election eve for the last two decades.
Even the eventual losers.
You are right. This is a push poll to help sign people up.
just a poll to shape opinion for vote fraud cover
Wisconsin appears to be taking its cues from Greece now.
By this time, Wisconsin Marxist Radio has had enough time to properly select the sample. They could have gotten a majority for summary execution, if they wanted.
See this thread for cached pages that have now disappeared from the web.
So let their state become Greece. Then the people can cry and whine and Americans will give them the finger like they deserve.
Probably rigged Poll. Scott Walker is doing exactly what he said he would. Otherwise the state is moronic.
I'll be a little surprised -- but not shocked-- if they even collect enough valid signatures (Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck etc etc not being bona fide Wisconsin residents) in 60 days.
482 Wisconsin “residents”? What is that? Do you think this is a liberal rag? Just wondering.
so now I know what they do at St. Norbert College aside from third-rate college hockey
The counties are finding ways around the property tax limits.
The school teachers are crying everywhere and to everyone how they have *lost* $5k/year in *income*. They then cut back their expenditures, which hurts local small business.
We sent money we really could have used elsewhere to Walker, but I hear life-long Republicans from Republican families hem and haw about “Well, the other side _says:(blah-blah-blah).”
We don’t deserve it. But the donks are going to try and make sure it happens, anyway.
Obviously their taxes are to low!!!
Ding, Ding, we have a winner!! Exactly what’s going on here is this. Monday night after another fabulous Packer victory (ok, I’m shameless)while probably at least a million Wisconsin people are up watching the TV, the news stations were touting the time, place, reason and who was able to begin the recall effort at midnight! Imagine the news stations bragging about a pajama party starting at midnight to recall our TERRIFIC Gov. Walker! I had steam rolling out my ears on seeing the TV coverage here in WI.
Also, my local newspaper from my VERY Republican county has repeatedly put front page, huge font information about who, what, where, when and why Walker is being recalled. Well, I have written a scathing letter to that editor and requested he charge the recall effort for FREE advertising, front and center in that paper.
I asked “where is the same font size, same front page story on how many school districts across Wisconsin have extra money now that the overpaid, over perked teachers unions now have to pay a tiny portion of their own health care and pension costs. Also I ask you, how many of these same whiner teachers are voluntarily sending union dues now that it is NOT required. That’s right - THAT’s in Walker’s bill.
It may sell papers, but it is hacking off the Walker fans really bad. Oh yes - the AFLCIO union thugs are picketing Walkers private home, disgustingly loud and TV reporters right there to help promote that low class display. Anyone that wants to help promote Walker - we’d love to have your support.
Here is the Fall 2011 poll report:
Here is the Spring 2011 poll report:
Here are my criticisms:
1. The sample size is rather small (400-500) and is from a “random” telephone sample. Unlike the larger national polls, the St. Norbert college poll doesn’t appear to document how “random” the poll actually was. There is no mention of what percentage of the respondants were republican, democrat or independent.
2. As there was no measure of the randomness in the poll, the pollster was free to take its “random” samples in any way that they wanted to (i.e. they were free to skew the results). For example, they could have focused their “random” sample on the predominantly democrat Madison area. The report doesn’t indicate otherwise.
3. I’m not sure what this artifact means, if any: The spring poll was made of landline phone owners. The Fall poll was made of landline+cell phone owners.
Didn’t they just tried to recall a whole bunch of state senators and lost?
A Message to the RNC:
We are watching you, and whether or not you have Walker’s back...if not, we are done with you.
They won two of the races. There’s going to be a massive amount of Democrat money spent on this.
This story is old. A current poll shows that about 54% of the electorate support Walker.