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Poll: Feingold running even with Walker for governor


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Feingold?

It might sound out of place now – but a new poll says former U.S. Senate Democrat Russ Feingold would run even with Republican Governor Scott Walker if the 2014 election were held today.

49 percent of the nearly 1,800 voters surveyed by the Public Policy Polling firm said they would choose Feingold in a head-to-head race with Walker – while the governor would get 47 percent.

The difference is within the poll’s 2.3 percent margin of error, so it’s a statistical dead heat.

The survey also gave Feingold a 10 point lead over the man who unseated him two years ago, U.S. Senate Republican Ron Johnson.

The poll also shows that Walker’s approval rating has gone down since last fall. It’s at 48 percent now, down from 51 percent just before the November elections.

The respondents were polled from last Thursday through Sunday, right after Walker proposed a state budget which highlighted a possible income tax cut.

The polling firm did say that other Democrats besides Feingold could not stop Walker from winning a second term.

The head-to-head polling gives Walker a 4 point lead over Congressman Ron Kind, 5 percent over Assembly Speaker Peter Barca, 6 percent over Middleton state Senator Jon Erpenbach, 7 points over ex-Congressman Steve Kagen, and 9 points over former Lieutenant Governor nominee Mahlon Mitchell.