Wisconsin Senate Race Tightening, While Obama Retains Wide Lead: Poll

President Barack Obama still leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by double digits, Democrat Tammy Baldwin's edge over Republican Tommy Thompson in U.S. Senate race is lessening, new Marquette University Law School poll shows.

A poll released Wednesday by Marquette University shows President Barack Obama maintaining a sizable lead over Republican Mitt Romney among likely Wisconsin voters.

, according to the poll. The latest poll, released the same day at the first presidential debate, has Obama's lead is down to 11 points — 53 to 42 percent.

The U.S. Senate race, though, between Democrat U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin and former Gov. Tommy Thompson shows some signs of tightening. In August, Thompson led Baldwin by 9 points, but in September, results flipped, giving Baldwin the 9-point nod.

But Wednesday's poll has Baldwin with the edge by a smaller margin — 48 to 44 percent. That's barely outisde the poll's margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

Gender seems to play a role in which way voters lean, too.  The poll shows that women support Baldwin more than Thompson — 54 to 38 percent. Men back Thompson over Baldwin by a margin of 50 to 41 percent.

Those numbers get farther apart when it comes to the presidential election. Female voters back Obama over Romney by 61 percent to 38 percent. The spread between the candidates gets smaller for men, though, with Romney leading Obama 48 to 44 percent.

Results were presented Wednesday during an edition of "On the Issues" with broadcaster Mike Gousha and Professor Charles Franklin, director of the year-long polling project. The poll of 894 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 27-30.


Jen McFarland October 08, 2012 at 02:24 PM
He used his "Bank o' China" credit card to pay for businesses that should have been left to sink or swim on their own (a few ended up going bankrupt anyway!!) He can't spew on about how he wants to tax the wealthy more when all he did was drop more money in their pockets. All for the working middle class my foot. If he wanted to stimulate the economy, he should've given money to those who would've put it right back into circulation. But by all means, let's vote for a man who spends more time (and money) out on vacation than doing the job he promised he was going to do. And Craig, I'm not all that concerned about Randy. He can't help the fact that the more he sits in front of his MSM cable television, the more liberal he'll become. Whaaatever.
Lyle Ruble October 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
@Jen Kral... Your statement about the "Chinese Credit Card" isn't exactly accurate. How much is the national debt actually owned by the Chinese? In reality the majority of debt is actually owned by US citizens.
Randy1949 October 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
@Jen Kral -- It would be a mistake to make casual assumptions about the etiology of my politics. When I was your age I thought my extremely liberal and socialist friends were rather quaint with their support of unions. I believed, as you seem to, that if you managed your life well and used common sense -- got an education, got married before having children, put money in the bank rather than wasting it on frivolities -- that my family and I wouldn't end up a part of that low-wage class you look down your nose at. Then it came to pass that I worked for several small businesses and learned how it is to work your butt off for next to nothing. I sincerely hope that life doesn't teach you that same lesson, but it is very possible.
Jen McFarland October 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM
You're assuming I look down my nose at the low-income class. Seeing as I am in that class, it would seem a little hypocritical, wouldn't you say? I "look down my nose" at those who don't have a pot to piss in or the window to throw it out of, but still manage to have the newest cell phone, buying their children the newest electronics, having cable, etc, but can't seem to swing groceries, or rent, or putting clean clothes on their children, or even taking them to the dentist or the doctor. My husband and I don't make all that much money, but I'll be damned if I'm going to put frivolties ahead of what's important. So don't try and make me out to be the snob you assume I am. Last I checked, you don't have to be rich to be a conservative, and yes, if many used the common sense God gave a rock, perhaps then the low-income class wouldn't be as bad off. It's called being responsible for yourself and those who depend on you. If you spend money (whether it was earned or handed to you), foolishly, you're just teaching the next generation to do it as well.
Jen McFarland October 10, 2012 at 02:54 PM


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