St. Norbert poll gives Feingold a 12-point lead


BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A poll conducted by St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute gives Democatic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold a 12-point lead over Republican incumbent Ron Johnson.

Voters were asked “if the election were held today, for whom would you vote?”

The results were 52 percent for Feingold and 40 percent for Johnson. Five percent were “not sure”, and 3 percent said “neither.”

The St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute Wisconsin Survey polled 664 registered likely voters by telephone, Oct. 13-16. The Margin of Error is +/- 3.8 percent.

The result of the St. Norbert Poll varies from the Marquette University Law School Poll that came out last week. In that poll, the race is much tighter, with Feingold leading Johnson 48-46 percent among likely voters. That’s within the margin of error.

The website RealClear Politics looks at polling data and finds the average. Taking the results of four recent polls on the Wisconsin Senate race, RealClear Politics found that Feingold is averaging a 3-point lead over Johnson.

The candidates met for their first debate last Friday. They will meet again Tuesday night in a debate hosted by WISN 12 in Milwaukee and Marquette University. You can watch it live on WBAY-TV 2, 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.