Poll finds Clinton lead still narrow in Wisconsin

Almost fifth of voters said they expect more illegal votes cast than legal votes prevented

· Sep 21, 2016 Tweet

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is neck-and-neck among likely voters with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday.

Among the likely voters polled, 44 percent supported Clinton, while 42 percent supported Trump. 

But among registered voters, support for both candidates increased, with Clinton going from 42 to 43 percent and Trump rising from 37 to 38 percent since last month’s poll. The five-point gap between candidates in registered voters has not changed since the last poll.

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But more registered voters expressed no preference for either candidate. In the last poll, 13 percent expressed no preference while 15 percent did so in this poll.

Disagreement with presidential candidates is common among both Democrat and Republican parties. Sixty-eight percent of Republican registered voters said they would have preferred someone else over Trump, while 29 percent are content with Trump. The disparity is lower among Democratic registered voters, of which 48 percent prefer Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and 43 percent prefer Clinton.

Thirty-one percent of registered voters viewed Trump favorably compared to 61 percent who viewed him unfavorably. Trump’s favorability has risen since that last poll, in which 63 percent viewed him unfavorably. Comparatively, 43 percent view Clinton favorably and 50 percent view her unfavorably.

In a four-way matchup of Clinton, Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, 39 percent of registered voters support Clinton, 35 percent Trump, 12 percent Johnson and three percent Stein.

Among Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race candidates, Democratic candidate Russ Feingold takes the lead with 46 percent support from registered voters, while Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson received 40 percent support. Support for Feingold has remained steady, but Johnson’s has decreased from 42 to 40 percent.

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Respondents were also asked about their stances on the issue of voter fraud and voter disenfranchisement. They were asked about their expectations on how many illegal votes voters would cast in the November election. They were also asked how many legal voters would be unable to due to lack of proper ID.

Of those polled, 18 percent expect more illegal votes will be cast than legal votes are prevented, 26 percent think the two are equal and 37 percent think more legal votes are prevented than illegal votes cast.

Forty-three percent of respondents approve of how Gov. Scott Walker is handling his job, while 52 percent disapprove. Compared to the last poll, Walker’s approval has decreased three percent from 49 percent.


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Respondents were also asked if they favor increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour. Fifty-one percent favor the increase while 47 percent oppose it.


This article was published Sep 21, 2016 at 7:38 pm and last updated Sep 21, 2016 at 7:38 pm


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