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UPDATE: Walker opens up 7 point lead over Burke in latest MU Law Poll

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Since declaring her candidacy for governor last October, Democrat Mary Burke continues to lose ground in the poll regarded as Wisconsin's gold standard.

The new Marquette Law School Poll conducted last weekend shows Burke now trails Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) by a 48-41 percent margin, representing a gain of five points for Walker since the first poll pitting the two against each other was put out last fall.

"Always better to be ahead than behind, but the only poll that really matters is the one that will be taken on November 4th," Gov. Walker told reporters in Wausau on Wednesday afternoon.

There are several other telling numbers that show the likely reasons for the Governor's lead. Nearly 60 percent of the registered voters polled say they still haven't heard enough about Burke to give a favorable or unfavorable opinion of her.  Nearly everyone polled has an opinion of the Governor.

Another thing Walker has going for him is the popularity of the $500 million dollar tax cut he recently signed into law.  55 percent of those polled approve of that move.

"We've got a great record and a great story to tell about the economic recovery, about the budget being balanced, about helping not just state, but cities, counties and school boards balance their budgets again.  If we get that message out I believe we will win," said Gov. Walker.

And despite extensive media coverage, the release of 27,000 pages of emails and documents related to the John Doe investigation into Walker's Milwaukee County Executive's Office in 2010 didn't seem to move the needle in Burke's favor.

67 percent of those polled said they had read or heard about the emails, but only 43 percent said it gave them a less favorable impression of the Governor. 53 percent said it didn't make a difference to them.

Mary Burke's campaign spokesperson released the following statement in response to the new MU Law Poll:

"As Wisconsin learns more about 'Invest for Success' - Mary Burke's plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class - over the next 223 days they will face a clear choice.  Burke is offering a new direction that grows our economy and the middle class, to turn around an economy that is lagging under Scott Walker. Not only are walker and his allies' unprecedented amount of early, false, negative attacks on mary burke not working, voters know, by an overwhelming margin, that walker's economic plans aren't working either."


MADISON (WKOW) -- The latest Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday shows Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) has increased his lead over Democratic challenger Mary Burke by a 48-41 percent margin.

That represents a one-point gain from the January MU Law Poll which showed the Governor with a 47-41 percent lead over Burke.  The new numbers represent a five-point gain from the October 2013 MU Law Poll, which had Walker ahead of Burke by a 47-45 percent margin.

59 percent of those polled say they still haven't heard enough about Burke to give an opinion on her.

This is the first MU Law Poll since the Governor's "Blueprint for Prosperity" $500 million tax cut plan was approved and since 27,000 pages of emails related to the John Doe investigation into Walker's Milwaukee County Executive's Office were released.

55 percent of those polled approved of the tax cuts, while 53% of those who had heard about the email release said it didn't change their view of Gov. Walker.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have much more on today's poll on 27 News at 5 and 6.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Dr. Charles Franklin will release his latest Marquette University Law School Poll at 12:15 Wednesday afternoon, which will show Wisconsin voters where the race for Governor sits about seven months before election day.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) had a 47-41 percent lead on Democratic challenger Mary Burke in the last MU poll released January 27th. 

But a poll released by Rasmussen Reports two weeks ago showed the race tied at 45-45 percent.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have full results from the poll on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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