In the poll conducted Sept. 13-16, Walker led Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca 47%-43%, former Commerce Secretary Mary Burke 48%-42%, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson 47%-40%, and State Senator Kathleen Vinehout 47%-41%.
So here’s my takeaway from these poll numbers.
Gov. Scott Walker’s got a solid lead over the field of prospective Democrats, but given his relatively low job approval ratings (49% disapprove, 48% approve) and the fact that virtually everyone who’s likely to vote in Wisconsin has made up their minds one way or the other regarding Walker, there’s not much room for improvement in his numbers. On the flip side, according to the poll referenced above, at least 60% of respondents had not formed an opinion of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
If Mary Burke or one of the other potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates can acquaint themselves to Wisconsin’s voters on their own terms with a positive narrative – instead of allowing Scott Walker and the Teapublican Party of Wisconsin to define the Democrats in a negative way – then there’s room for improvement for Democrats in those poll numbers.