Wisconsin Senate Race: A Referendum on Feingold

Senator Russ Feingold marginally leads both potential Republican nominees in the Wisconsin Senate election. In both races Feingold received 45% of the vote. Ron Johnson earned 43% of the vote and Dave Westlake, his challenger in the Republican primary, earned 38%.

Wisconsin voters have mixed feelings about Senator Feingold; 42% of Wisconsin voters disapprove of Feingold’s job, while 42% of voters support the Senator. Feingold has some strength amongst moderates, but not enough to secure a win; 54% of moderates give the Senator high marks. Johnson and Westlake are largely unknown throughout the state. More voters supported Johnson or Westlake when matched against Feingold, than had an opinion, good or bad, of either candidates, suggesting that Wisconsinites are voting against Feingold not for Johnson or Westlake.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 638 Wisconsin voters from June 26-27. The survey’s margin of error is +/- 3.9%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.

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