In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Of course, it should be noted that recalls in Wisconsin do not contain any straight up-or-down vote on the incumbent, but are in effect special elections, in which the incumbent is running to complete their own term against challengers. So how does Walker compare for now?
In the new poll, there followed a series of hypothetical match-ups of Walker against different Democratic challengers, assuming that a recall was taking place: Walker leads Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca by 48%-42%; he edges his 2010 opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, by 48%-46%; he leads state Sen. Jon Erpenbach by 47%-40%; he leads former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk by 49%-41%; he leads former Rep. Steve Kagen by 47%-39%; he leads Rep. Ron Kind by 47%-41%; and he leads former Rep. Dave Obey by 47%-42%.
Only one Democrat took a lead against Walker, with former Sen. Russ Feingold ahead by 49%-46%. However, Feingold announced this past August that he will not run for office in 2012, either for governor or in the state's open U.S. Senate race.