Not Many Approve of Ron Johnson
What did we learn from new Marquette Poll? Not a lot. But how about those Rojo numbers?
Democrat Joe Biden still leads Republican Donald Trump in the race for president, by 46% to 41%, which was about the same as the previous polls, where Biden ranged from 4 to 6 points ahead of Trump. Ho hum. The margin seems pretty baked in.
And though most people (41%) said Biden did the best job in the presidential debate, while 20% say Trump did best, the poll found “little change in preference or attitudes following the first presidential debate.” Again suggesting nothing is going to change how people in Wisconsin view the candidates.
The survey came at a time when COVID-19 was surging in the state and not surprisingly the percent of people “very worried” about the pandemic rose somewhat since the last poll (taken a month ago), from 21% to 27 percent. Yet the percent of those “not worried at all” also rose slightly, suggesting this issue too has become baked in by the respondent’s partisan views.
Along with that came a slight rise in those supporting a mask requirement from 69% in the last poll to 72 percent today. That support ranged from 87% in the City of Milwaukee to 66% in the outstate area (not including Metro Milwaukee, Madison and the Green Bay/Appleton area). In a state so evenly divided by party, this widespread and heavy support is striking, and may not help Republicans running for reelection who have made comments attacking the requirement.
Democratic Gov Tony Evers continues to be the most positively-viewed state politician in the poll, with 52 percent of those surveyed approving him, versus 42 percent who disapprove. That’s despite the fact that 44% disapproved how the governor handled events in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August, while just 40 percent approved. Yet he continues to get high marks for his handling of the coronavirus, with 56% approving and 38% disapproving.
If that 52% approval rating seems underwhelming, it’s way better than the approval rating for Trump (44% approve, 52% disapprove) and better than for Democratic U. S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (41% approved and 35% disapproved).
No state-wide politician does as consistently bad as Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. In the latest poll just 35% approved of him and 31% disapproved. In the previous poll just 32% approved and 36% disapproved of Johnson.
But Johnson seems impervious to this criticism, as do a few other politicians who come to mind. We live in an era when everyone has strong political views they aren’t about to change, which helps explain the lack of surprises in this poll.
Indeed those views are so baked in that some people are not longer talking politics with those who disagree. “Is there anyone you have stopped talking with about politics due to disagreements over the election for president?” the poll asked. The result: 46% of Democrats, 29% of Independents and 28% of Republicans said yes.
Here’s betting those numbers go up as we get closer to the election.
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