MADISON (WKOW) -- An analysis conducted by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism indicates a wide majority of emails sent to Gov. Scott Walker supported the budget repair bill.
The Center analyzed a computer-generated random sample of 1,910 emails from more than 50,000 that flooded Walker's office's inbox the week after Feb. 11, when he unveiled his plan to dramatically curtail public employees' collective bargaining rights.
At the request of the Isthmus Newspaper, a team of reporters logged each of the emails in the sample. The reporters categorized each email as for or against the bill, unclear or unrelated.
The Center says nearly all of the emails were related to the bill. Of those that were related, 62 percent supported the bill, while 32 percent opposed it. The margin of error for the sample size is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
The analysis also noted where the emails came from, when possible. The Center says the support was significantly boosted by emails from pro-Walker senders from outside Wisconsin.
Walker's office released the emails Friday as a result of an open records lawsuit brought by the Isthmus and the Wisconsin Associated Press. A settlement reached earlier in the week required the governor to produce the emails and pay the plaintiffs' legal fees, which totaled just over $7,000.
The two publications say Walker's office did not respond to requests for the emails after two weeks.
On Feb. 17, Walker told reporters that the majority of the emails he had received told him to stay firm, stay strong and stand with the taxpayer.