MADISON (WRN) - For the first time, most Wisconsinites in the UW-Madison Badger Poll disapprove of the job Governor Jim Doyle is doing. 50 percent of the 507 respondents gave the Democratic governor a negative rating. And among likely voters, 58 percent disapproved of his performance. A year ago, just 37 percent gave a negative rating to the governor. And Doyle has never had a 50 percent disapproval rating in his 7 years in office. In August, Doyle announced he would not seek a 3rd term next year. And a few months before that, the governor signed a state budget that raised an assortment of taxes and fees to make up for a huge revenue shortfall. It’s not clear what role the tax hikes played in Doyle’s negative rating. After all, the Legislature approved the same tax increases – and those lawmakers got a 58 percent approval rating in the new Badger Poll. On the federal level, 60 percent approved of the job President Obama is doing – down slightly from 63 percent in the spring. Congress only got 51 percent approval – but that was better than a year ago, when 74 percent of Wisconsinites disapproved of what members on Capitol Hill were doing. The Badger Poll was conducted between October 29th and November 20th. It has a plus or minus 4 percent margin of error.
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