Poll: Walker approval hits 59 percent, leads Democratic opponent by 16 points

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has had a good run lately.  He signed a major tax relief package into law, his controversial budget reforms have put the state back in the black, and his opponent has been torched for telling some high-profile fibs.  A new poll from Wisconsin Public Radio suggests that voters are appreciative of the governor’s accomplishments.  Walker leads Democrat Mary Burke by 16 points in the survey (56/40), with Walker’s approval rating soaring to just shy of 60 percent — an all-time high in the series.  (President Obama’s job approval is underwater at 48/50 in the poll).  Walker’s lead is fueled by a 19-point advantage among independents. Burke is employing tendentious and outright false claims to try to convince Wisconsinites that things aren’t going well in their state.  How’s that argument holding up?  Behold the juxtaposition:

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Sour on Washington (-31), upbeat on Madison (+19).  No wonder Burke doesn’t want to be seen with Obama.  In fairness, the sample in this particular survey is a bit suspect at R+5 compared to D+4 in their last poll, taken in the fall of 2013.  Then again, the GOP shift looks to be attributable to former self-identified independents now embracing the Republican label.  A recent poll from Marquette University pegs Walker’s lead over Burke at six points, with the state-level right track/wrong track split at (+12).  The same survey found that Wisconsin voters support Walker’s new tax cuts by a 21-point margin.  We know that national Democrats are nervous about base turnout in November.  Might Badger State liberals feel a bit demoralized that Burke’s campaign has effectively abandoned Act 1o — Walker’s aforementioned budget reforms — as an issue?

Though she opposes Act 10, Burke doesn’t want to use that as a wrecking ball against Walker, according to Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki. Instead, they’ll be campaigning on jobs and raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour…

Lefties occupied the capitol building to protest those measures.  State Senate Democrats fled the state for days to try to block a vote.  Egged on by MSNBC, they launched a costly recall election over Act 10.  So much fail.  Two years later, the Democratic standard bearer’s position on those very reforms has been reduced to qualified, pro forma statements of opposition.  Remarkable.