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Gov. Walker leads Burke 47-45 in new poll

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) holds a two-point lead over Democratic challenger Mary Burke in the new Marquette University Law School poll released Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Walker leads Burke 47-45 in the first head-to-head polling for the 2014 race.  The race is close despite the fact that 70 percent of those polled say they "don't know" enough about Burke, while only 4% say they don't know enough about Gov. Walker.

In a further breakdown of the matchup, Gov. Walker leads Burke 48-41 among people who consider themselves Independent voters.  However, people who identify themselves as "moderate" prefer Burke 46-42.

The Governor's job approval rating is at 49 percent, while 50 percent of those polled view him favorably.

Gov. Walker also leads potential Democratic challengers Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (47-44) and Rep. Peter Barca (48-42).

The poll also asked several questions about key decisions Gov. Walker has made this year, including the expansion school vouchers, rejecting a federal expansion of Medicaid and requiring women to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion.

50 percent of those polled say they support expanding taxpayer-funded vouchers compared to 44 percent who oppose it.  But the poll shows 56 percent of those surveyed disagree with both the Governor's decision to reject the Medicaid expansion and the law he signed requiring women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion.

For the first time in a Marquette Law School poll, more than half of those surveyed say they support same-sex marriage.  53 percent believe same-sex marriage should be legal in Wisconsin, with 24 percent saying they prefer civil unions.  19 percent support no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

In an early look at the 2016 Presidential election, Republican voters in Wisconsin prefer Gov. Walker over Congressman Paul Ryan.  29 percent say they would vote for Gov. Walker, while 25 percent say they would vote for Ryan.  The rest support other candidates including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida).

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is an overwhelming favorite, getting 64 percent of the vote.

Clinton also leads both Gov. Walker (53-40) and Rep. Ryan (51-43) in a potential head-to-head matchup.

The poll also shows Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has some work to do before 2016.  Sen. Johnson's approval rating stands at just 28 percent.  Sen. Tammy Baldwin's approval rating stands at 47 percent. 

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is following this story and will have more on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Marquette University Law School will release a new political poll on Tuesday afternoon, its first since July and since Democrat Mary Burke formally announced she would run against Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin).

The poll will focus on that race as well as the economy, the recent government shutdown in Washington and an early look at the 2016 race for President.

Results from the MU Law Poll will be announced live online beginning at 12:15 p.m., with full results available at 1:15 p.m.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on the results of the poll tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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