DE PERE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Jim Doyle’s approval rating is at a record low. That’s according to the Wisconsin Public Radio-St. Norbert College poll, which says only 34 percent of the 400 Wisconsin adults surveyed favor the Democrat Doyle’s job performance. He had a 45 percent approval rating a year ago. His high was 68 percent in 2003, soon after he was first elected. Doyle has spent much of his 2 terms dealing with multi-billion dollar budget deficits. And the recession has brought high unemployment to the Badger State for more than a year. Also, Doyle’s a lame duck after announcing last August he would not run for a 3rd term this fall. The poll was conducted March 23 through 31st. It was an error margin of plus or minus 5 points.
Meanwhile, the same poll gives former Governor Tommy Thompson a 45-33 victory over Democrat Russ Feingold. Thompson is still in the process of deciding whether to run this fall. Several other polls have given Thompson the nod over Feingold, who’s going for his third 6-year term. The poll also showed that Thompson would beat an unnamed GOP primary challenger 40 to 37 percent.