On June 28, Marquette University (MU) Law School released its latest poll that compiled interviews with 800 registered voters in Wisconsin between June 22-25.
President Donald Trump’s approval ratings remained largely the same as they did in MU’s March survey. Trump maintained a 41 percent approval rating among Wisconsin voters, with 51 percent disapproval. Among Republicans, Trump had 85 percent approval. Among Democrats, Trump’s approval was 3 percent. Thirty-six percent of Independents approved of Trump’s performance as president so far.
Voters responded to questions regarding national health care reform with little variation from the March poll. Just 6 percent favored keeping the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as is. Fifty-four percent of respondents supported keeping and improving ACA, while 27 percent supported repealing and replacing it.
Voters also responded to questions on Wisconsin politicians and issues. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s favorability dropped slightly, as he held a 44 percent favorable to 44 percent unfavorable rating, compared to his 45 percent favorable to 38 percent unfavorable rating in March.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson maintained a 39 percent favorability rating, while his unfavourability dropped from 34 in March to 32 percent. Johnson’s Democratic colleague Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s favorability dropped from 40 to 38 percent since March, while her unfavourability increased from 35 to 38 percent.
Gov. Scott Walker’s approval rating increased to 48 percent. His disapproval rating was 48 percent, making this poll the first time since October 2014 that Walker has achieved a net approval rating.
Thirty-one percent of those surveyed said Wisconsin’s budget is in better shape now than it was a few years ago, while 31 percent said it was in worse shape and 30 percent said it has stayed the same. Top priorities for increased state spending were K-12 education, health coverage and roads. These three issue areas have been major sticking points as the Joint Finance Committee continues its budget negotiations.
Overall, 53 percent of respondents said Wisconsin is heading in the right direction, while 42 percent say the state is on the wrong track.
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