Poll: Feingold’s Lead Over Incumbent Johnson Shrinks in Wisconsin

Clinton also holding on to a diminishing lead over Trump

Former Sen. Russ Feingold has a better favorable rating than Sen. Ron Johnson, whom he faces in a rematch in Wisconsin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Former Sen. Russ Feingold has a better favorable rating than Sen. Ron Johnson, whom he faces in a rematch in Wisconsin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted September 1, 2016 at 9:20am

Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold has a slight edge over Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson, a new Marquette University poll shows.

Feingold held a 4-point lead in the poll, 46 percent to 42 percent, but the advantage is within the poll’s 4.5 percent margin of error.

Of the 803 registered voters polled from Aug. 25 to 28, 33 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Johnson while 34 percent said their opinion of him was unfavorable. Feingold had slightly better numbers — 40 percent favorable to 35 percent unfavorable.

But 30 percent said they haven’t heard enough about the incumbent to decide, while 23 percent said the same about Feingold.

Feingold’s lead in the Marquette poll has shrunk over the last two months. He led by 7 points in July and by 6 in early August. 

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The poll also found that Badger State voters weren’t too keen about their choices in the battleground presidential contest.

 

Only 32 percent said they would be either very or somewhat comfortable with Republican Donald Trump in the White House while 41 percent said the same about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

 

Clinton held a 5-point lead, 42 to 37 percent, over Trump among registered Wisconsin voters. She led by 10 points in the same poll in early August, following the conventions.