Liberal group’s poll show Darling leading Pasch

    The liberal website Daily Kos has released a new poll showing Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, ahead in her recall race against Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay.
    In the poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, Darling was backed by 52 percent, while 47 percent backed Pasch.
    Darling had a job approval rating of 51 percent with 46 percent disapproving, while those surveyed had a split view of Pasch, with 47 having a favorable impression of her and 47 percent having a negative one.
    Obama’s job approval rating was 43-53, while Walker’s was 51-48.
    The survey of 1,476 likely voters was conducted Thursday through Sunday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
    The group also polled in two other recall elections. In the 2nd District, 51 percent of those surveyed backed Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, while 47 percent supported former Green Bay County Exec Nancy Nusbaum. And in the 14th District, Rep. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo, was backed by 49 percent of those surveyed vs. 47 percent for Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon.
    John Hogan, executive director of the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, raised questions about the poll’s methodology in the other two districts, pointing out that the raw polling data in the 2nd and 14th don’t match the numbers Daily Kos reported.
    David Nir with Daily Kos said the raw numbers in the 2nd and 14th didn’t match because the numbers were weighted before they were reported, which he said was standard practice.

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