Marquette Law Poll: Clinton’s lead over Trump narrows in Wisconsin

Feingold widens lead over Johnson in senate race

Donald Trump continues to gain on Hillary Clinton in the presidential race in Wisconsin, according to the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.

Democrat Clinton has 44 percent of likely voters’ support this month, while Republican Trump has 42 percent. Another 12 percent said they won’t vote for either candidate, won’t vote at all, or don’t know for whom they will cast a vote.

In the last poll, conducted Aug. 25 to 28, Clinton had 45 percent and Trump had 42 percent of likely voters’ support.


The new poll was conducted Sept. 15 to 18. It included 802 registered voters across the state, who were surveyed both by cell phone and landline. The margin of error was +/-4.4 percent.

Of the 802 people surveyed, 677 were likely voters, who said they would definitely vote in November. The Law Poll has started to further emphasize likely voters as the election approaches.

Among registered voters overall, Clinton garnered 43 percent support and Trump had 38 percent, with 15 percent supporting neither. That’s compared to late August, when Clinton had 42 percent, Trump had 37 percent and 19 percent had no preference among registered voters.

When the Libertarian and Green Party candidates are included in the survey of likely voters, Clinton has 41 percent, Trump has 38 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson has 11 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 2 percent. In a four-party race, 7 percent still had no preference.

When asked about their parties’ presidential candidates, both Democrats and Republicans expressed dissatisfaction. Among Republicans and Republican leaners, 68 percent said they would have preferred another candidate. And for Democrats and Democrat leaners, 48 percent would have preferred Bernie Sanders as the nominee.

In Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race, Russ Feingold leads Ron Johnson 47-41 among likely voters in the latest poll. That’s a larger lead for Feingold in the poll than in late August, when he led 48-45 among likely voters, which poll director Charles Franklin described as “a little bit of a rebound for Feingold.”

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Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.

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