Marquette Law Poll: Trump Loses Ground on Clinton, Feingold Lead Narrows

The latest Marquette University (MU) Law School Poll was released on Oct. 12, 2016. The results showed Hillary Clinton’s lead increasing over Donald Trump, while Russ Feingold’s lead over Sen. Ron Johnson narrowed. Gov. Scott Walker and President Obama’s job approval ratings remained largely the same.

 Presidential Election

In a head-to-head matchup, 46 percent of likely voters supported Hillary Clinton and 42 percent supported Donald Trump, putting Clinton up two points from a 44-42 percent matchup in late September.

In the four-way race between Trump, Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton increased her lead over Trump by four points, from a 41-38 percent matchup in September. In the most recent poll, Clinton received 44 percent of likely voters, Trump 37 percent, Johnson nine percent and Stein three percent.

Senate Election

The poll showed Feingold’s lead over Sen. Johnson narrowing to two points. Forty-eight percent of likely voters supported Feingold, while 46 percent supported Johnson, compared to a 47-41 percent matchup in September.

When the poll pitted Feingold and Johnson against Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson, Feingold’s lead over Sen. Johnson narrowed from five points in September to two points. Feingold received 46 percent of likely voters, Johnson 44 percent and Anderson four percent.

 Governor Walker

Gov. Walker’s approval rating increased slightly from 43 percent to 44 percent of registered voters. His disapproval rating also decreased by one point, from 52 to 51 percent.

 President Obama

President Obama’s job approval decreased slightly from 54 to 52 percent. Forty-three percent expressed disapproval, up two points from the September poll.

The poll was conducted Oct. 6-9 before the second presidential debate. The margin of error in the poll is +/- 3.7 percentage points.