Poll: Clinton has 2-point lead over Trump in Wisconsin

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (AP photos)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (AP photos)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a two-point lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump among likely voters in Wisconsin.

According to a poll released Wednesday by Marquette University Law School, 44 percent of people said they supported Clinton, while 42 percent said they backed Trump. Twelve percent said they won’t vote for either Clinton or Trump, will not vote or don’t know yet.

In a four-candidate race among likely voters, Clinton maintained a lead over Trump, 41 to 38 percent. Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson  garnered 11 percent of support, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein received 2 percent.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 15-18 with a sample of 802 registered Wisconsin voters. The margin of error is 4.8 percent.

The results are not much different from when the same poll was last conducted in late August. At that time, Clinton had a 3-point lead over Trump, 45 to 42 percent, with 15 percent not preferring either.

Despite the tight race, only their VP candidates have frequented the Badger State. Trump hasn’t campaigned here in more than a month, and Clinton hasn’t been in Wisconsin since the April primary.

“We’re coming up on that first presidential debate next week, and that I think will be a perfect moment in the campaign if voters want to reconsider who they’re supporting,” poll director Charles Franklin said.

In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (41%) trails Democratic challenger Russ Feingold (47%) by six points among likely voters. That’s a slightly larger lead for Feingold, who had 48 percent support over Sen. Johnson’s 45 percent in late August.

Feingold has led every poll since the election cycle began.

“Feingold throughout all of our polling has had a bit of an advantage on favorability. Whereas Johnson has been roughly even or a point or two more favorable or less favorable, Feingold has consistently had higher favorable than unfavorable ratings, and that has been true for a very long time,” Franklin said.

When it comes to Gov. Scott Walker’s job performance, 43 percent of people polled said they approve of how he’s doing, while 52 percent disapprove. In early August, it was 43 percent approval with 49 percent disapproval.

By comparison, President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Wisconsin was 54 percent and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan’s was 47 percent.

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