Pres. Obama, former Gov. Thompson lead in newest Marquette polls
Jay Sorgi & Matt Montgomery
MILWAUKEE - The latest Marquette University Law School poll has President Barack Obama leading GOP competitor Mitt Romney by six percent in a poll of people planning to vote in the Presidential election.
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson owned an eight-point lead over Democratic challenger Tammy Baldwin in the Wisconsin Senate race, and more than a 2-to-1 lead over his nearest competitor for the GOP Senate race in that same poll.
The poll shows 34 percent of those surveyed preferring Thompson, 16 percent favor former Congressman Mark Neumann, 14 percent prefer businessman Eric Hovde and 10 percent have Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald as their top candidate in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.
"A whopping 25 percent said they haven't made up their mind about the Republican Senate primary," said the poll's author Charles Franklin to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure. "That's quite a lot of undecided, especially for a primary."
According to Franklin, the trailing Republican candidates can make up some ground on increasing their name recognition. Tommy Thompson was best known with an 84 percent name recognition while Neumann, Fitzgerald and Hovde each had below 50 percent name recognition.
"I think the most important surprise is that the Republican Senate candidates still have a long way to go to get known to voters," said Franklin.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama, a Democrat, owns a 49 to 43 percent advantage on Mr. Romney, a Republican, in the poll. The President's approval rating is 51 percent, with a 43 percent disapproval rating.