Monday, January 23, 2012

Online Poll Shows Strong Approval for Gov. Walker

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker faces a possible recall election sometime between April and June. The chart above shows the current results of an online poll being conducted by the liberal-leaning Racine Journal Times for the question "Do You Approve of the Job Gov. Walker is Doing?" Based on almost 900,000 votes so far, there is more than a two-to-one margin in favor of the response "strongly approve" over "strongly disapprove."  The issue is pretty polarizing, since almost nobody voted for either "approve" or "disapprove."

If these national results accurately reflect Wisconsin voters (which might not be the case), the recall election could be in trouble.  Governor Walker doesn't seem too concerned, his comment to Greta Van Susteren is to "bring it on."

You can vote here, and then you'll see the most recent results. If you try to vote twice, your second vote won't count but you can still see the results.

HT: Phillip Beaver


21 Comments:

At 1/23/2012 12:31 PM, Blogger Colin said...

Also check out this related story: http://www.city-journal.org/printable.php?id=7771

 
At 1/23/2012 12:51 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

The guy that hates freedom if it's not his, and takes out-of-state agendas while complaining about out of state opposition?

Thankfully his Ohio equivalent got neutralized. Perhaps the Wisconsinites wanting to get rid of their Walker infestation might take a couple of clues from Ohio.

 
At 1/23/2012 12:54 PM, Blogger Marko said...

Is there a real poll on this? I really hope his attempts to bring down Big Labor stick!

Seth, all workers should have a choice to not join a union if they don't want to. Employers should be free to argue against unions. That is freedom, not what we have now under the NLRA.

 
At 1/23/2012 1:38 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Thankfully his Ohio equivalent got neutralized"...

So sethstorm are you bragging that the people in Ohio are to stupid to know better or is it that corrupt unions have forced a situation that the Ohio legislature doesn't have the spine or gray matter to fight?

 
At 1/23/2012 1:43 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

I'm a little skeptical of this poll since it's open to all and not just Wisconsin voters. The sentiment behind it may be the same, but I'm not sure I agree with your conclusion, Prof. Perry that it's an indicator of his upcoming performance in the recall election.

 
At 1/23/2012 1:43 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

The guy that hates freedom if it's not his Well, that's ironic coming from you. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

 
At 1/23/2012 1:49 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Sethstormfront,

"The guy that hates freedom if it's not his..."

Freedom to rape that taxpayer, yeah, I hate that kind of freedom too.

 
At 1/23/2012 1:52 PM, Blogger jcarroll1948 said...

Generalization: Unions and big government have pushed, respectively, management and voters to the breaking point. If there is no more money, there is no more money; strikes and recalls do not change reality. Even democrat governors (NY, CA) and mayors (Atlanta) see this and reluctantly take the only sustainable path forward; transitioning away from pensions and toward 401k-type plans, and other cost-cutting measures.

 
At 1/23/2012 2:27 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Freedom to rape that taxpayer, yeah, I hate that kind of freedom too"...

LMAO!

Excellent paul!

 
At 1/23/2012 4:39 PM, Blogger Eric H said...

I think if Walker just reminds everyone that it is union labor that has killed Twinkies and Ho-ho's, he should be good with the average voter.

 
At 1/23/2012 5:40 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

gee if folks love Walker.. how did they get enough signs for a recall?

 
At 1/23/2012 9:03 PM, Blogger james delaney said...

Perhaps if pension fund managers hadnt bet on crappy rated subprime mortage bonds the pension funds would be in good shape

 
At 1/23/2012 11:41 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


juandos said...

Unlike the "third time is a charm" Walker, Kasich actually listened. That, and it helped that Ohio rejected a similarly extreme RTW bill in 1958 - along with the politician that introduced it.

Ohioans aren't idiots when it comes to recognizing extremism knocking at the door. Especially if it has tried and failed before.


Seth, all workers should have a choice to not join a union if they don't want to. Employers should be free to argue against unions.

Then why is it that there is a push for secrecy for what the employers do, as opposed to having the unions and employees operating in a glass house? Both use various means of litigative and other intimidation - employers just seem to cite fear of receiving intimidation for justifying the concealment of their intimidation.

The current attack is simply an appeal to envy with respect to what the unions are able to get.

 
At 1/24/2012 12:00 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

James Delaney: "Perhaps if pension fund managers hadnt bet on crappy rated subprime mortage bonds the pension funds would be in good shape"


Do you think that's the problem?

"But the Wisconsin pension fund is simply not in fiscal trouble. Its managers weren't burned by subprime mortgage assets or mortgage-backed securities as the housing bubble collapsed."

Maybe you should do more homework so as not to embarassing yourself like that.

 
At 1/24/2012 12:26 AM, Blogger Hydra said...

People have the right to congregate and organize.

You want to organization ize a corporation, fine.

You want your corporation to provide labor to other corporations, fine.

You want your corporation to sell services to laborers, fine.

You want to market your corporation as a union, so what?

It is all a out freedom, on both sides.

Your expectation of freedom, in the end, depends on your allowance of freedom.

 
At 1/24/2012 12:28 AM, Blogger Hydra said...

The argument against big labor has no more weight than the argument against big business.

 
At 1/24/2012 3:37 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"People have the right to congregate and organize."

Of course they do. That's not he point. The issue is collective bargaining by public employees unions that have most likely elected the person they will be bargaining with.

In New Jersey, former Gov Corzine bargained with his girlfriend, union leader Carla Katz. How is that supposed to work out well for taxpayers?

 
At 1/24/2012 9:45 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

People have the right to congregate and organize.

You are absolutely correct. But people also have the right to not join a group. To make joining a union a requirement of employment is no different than requiring all American citizens to join the Episcopal Church. Many of these public jobs require employees to join the union if they want the job. That is indefensible, both morally and ethically.

 
At 1/24/2012 11:26 AM, Blogger StrokeSaversGolf said...

Wisconsin schools have saved millions of dollars after Scott Walker decertified teachers unions. Now the unions can no longer force school districts to purchase overpriced insurance plans. Many districts have drafted new work rules that reward teachers for merit instead of seniority. The future looks bright in Wisconsin for a more cost effective educational system that produces graduates who are better equipped to compete in the world marketplace. As a result, a “Recall Walker” plan is doomed to failure.

 
At 1/24/2012 1:37 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


StrokeSaversGolf said...

Have some more originality than simply copying off some talking points.

He caused the budget crisis, his legislators violated the open meetings law, there are less jobs in that state, and you've rolled back history to a worse-off time.

Hopefully when Wisconsin kicks his kind out, they erase all trace of him and his kind. Then make sure such stays gone.

 
At 1/24/2012 7:52 PM, Blogger StrokeSaversGolf said...

sethstorm, my comments were not talking points, they were facts. Check the Appleton School District versus the Madison School District. Appleton saved over $3 million by taking advantage of Walker reforms while Madison, preserved the union contracts, and laid off hundreds of teachers. Union members will happily eat their young to preserve a seniority system because they fear demonstrating merit like the plague.

 

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