Poll: Democrat Mary Burke Narrowly Trails Scott Walker In Head-To-Head Matchup

October 30, 2013 7:40 a.m.

The first declared high profile Democratic challenger in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race against Gov. Scott Walker ( R) trails by about roughly two percentage points, according to a new Marquette University Law School poll.

The poll found that, if the gubernatorial election were held today, businesswoman and Democratic challenger Mary Burke would get 44.9 percent of the vote while Walker would get 47.1 percent. Four point five percent of those surveyed in the poll said they were undecided.

Democrats and liberal organizations are enthusiastic about Burke. EMILY’s List endorsed her six days ago and other groups like former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and the Democratic Governor’s Association have sent out fundraising emails supporting Burke’s candidacy.

Still, one big hurdle Burke faces is name recognition. The Marquette poll found that only 16.9 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of her while 13.6 percent have an unfavorable view. A whopping 63.1 percent said they have not heard of her yet.

The poll was conducted among 800 registered voters in Wisconsin between Oct. 21 and Oct 24. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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