Obama, Walker Have Similar Wis. Approval Ratings

Posted at: 10/23/2013 12:53 PM
Updated at: 10/23/2013 12:56 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A new poll of Wisconsin voters finds similar approval ratings for Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert Survey was released Wednesday. It says 48 percent of voters approve of Obama while 50 percent approve of Walker. The numbers represent slight declines for each.

The poll gives Congress overall a 15 percent approval rating. Democratic House members have a 36 percent approval rating, compared to 32 percent for House Republicans.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is still somewhat unknown in his home state. The poll says 33 percent of voters either haven't heard of him or have no opinion.

54 percent favor health care reform law

The poll says more than half of Wisconsinites support the new health care reform law, and two in three uninsured respondents said they planned to buy individual insurance through the government's online health exchange.

The figures represent a slight increase in favorable responses since the WPR/St. Norbert Fall 2009 survey.

Overall, 54 percent of respondents said they favor the new law. That's up from 46 percent last year and 41 percent in 2010.

In 2009, 77 percent favored requiring insurance companies to cover everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions. That number is now 81 percent.

The telephone survey of 400 people was conducted between Oct. 9 and Oct 21. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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