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Poll: Wisconsin majority favors recall of Gov. Walker

Poll: Wisconsin majority favors recall of Gov. Walker
By Eric Black

Take this with plenty of salt, but a Wisconsin Public Radio poll suggests that 58 percent of respondents believe Gov. Scott Walker should be recalled from office. That’s up from 47 percent said that in April, the last previous poll by WPR.

Just 34 percent said they thought Walker should remain in office. Four percent weren’t sure.

Key finding:

“The growth in support for a recall came, surprisingly, from Republicans. In the spring, only 7 percent of Republicans supported recalling Walker but that grew to 24 percent in the fall. Support among Democrats held mainly steady at 88 percent in the spring and 92 percent in the fall.”

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The Dems seeking to oust Walker have just begun collecting petition signatures to try to force a vote. Only two governors have ever been successfully recalled in U.S. history. Recall votes have so many unusual features that I suspect it’s very hard to figure out likely voters or other necessary issues for polling. Still…

This telephone survey of 482 Wisconsin residents, a collaboration of Public Radio and St. Norbert College, claims a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.A full (pdf) table of the poll results is here.

Correction: An earlier version of this post wrongly identified the college that participated in the poll. St. Norbert College is correct. The mistake was entirely mine. (Hat tip: Jim Foti.)