Marquette Law Poll: Presidential race unchanged, Feingold lead increases, Walker disapproval rises

The latest Marquette University (MU) Law School Poll was released on Sept. 21, 2016. The results showed the presidential race largely unchanged, while Russ Feingold’s edge on Sen. Ron Johnson increased and Gov. Scott Walker’s disapproval rating rose.

Presidential Election

In a head-to-head matchup, 44 percent of likely voters backed Hillary Clinton, while 42 percent backed Donald Trump, results largely unchanged from a 45-42 percent matchup in late August. Among registered voters, Clinton received 43 percent, while Trump received 38 percent, compared to 42-37 percent in August.

When the poll pitted Trump and Clinton against third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, Clinton maintained her three-point edge among likely voters. Clinton received 41 percent from likely voters, Trump 38 percent, Johnson 12 percent and Stein two percent. Among registered voters, Clinton’s lead decreased from five to four points ahead. Neither Johnson nor Stein met the threshold of a 15 percent average in five national public polls to participate in the upcoming presidential debates.

 Senate Election

The poll showed Feingold’s lead increased from three to six points over incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson. Forty-seven percent of likely voters backed Feingold, while 41 percent supported Johnson, compared to 48-45 percent in late August.

When the poll pitted Feingold and Johnson against Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson, Feingold led 44-39 percent with seven percent backing Anderson.

Governor Walker

Gov. Walker’s approval ratings remain at 43 percent of registered voters, although the number of those who disapprove increased from 49 percent to 52 percent since late August.

President Obama

President Obama’s approval ratings have improved since August. The poll found that 54 percent of registered voters approved of his job performance, while 41 percent did not, compared to 49-45 percent in late August.

The MU poll was conducted Sept. 15-18. The margin of error in the poll is +/- 4.4 percentage points.