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Marquette poll shows dead heat in gubernatorial race

Mary Burke (D), left, and Scott Walker (R)
Mary Burke (D), left, and Scott Walker (R)

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin governor's race has become a dead heat -- even though half of those polled still don't know what to think of Democrat Mary Burke.  

The latest Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday shows that 46 percent of 805 registered voters back Walker, and another 46 percent support Burke, the former Trek Bicycle executive and Doyle commerce secretary.  

Walker had a seven point lead over Burke among registered voters in the last Marquette poll in March. He could still have a statistical advantage, since the new poll has a 3.5 percent margin of error either way.  

51 percent of those polled said they have not heard enough about Burke, or don't know if they have a favorable opinion of her. That's down from 59 percent in March and 70 percent in January, showing that more voters are indeed getting to know her.  

Only five percent didn't know what to think of the Republican Walker.  

With just over five months before Election Day, the partisans are well in line. 94 percent of Republican voters back Walker, while 88 percent of Democrats back Burke. Independents favor Walker 49-40.  

The Marquette poll also shows that Walker has a 49 percent job approval rating, up from 47 percent in March. 52 percent say Wisconsin is heading in the right direction.

And no matter what party people align with, there's a strong distrust of government. 82 percent said government is run by "a few big interests looking out for themselves." 90 percent say government wastes too much tax money.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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