New Law School poll shows Evers, Baldwin leading

"On the Issues" was held in Marquette Law School. Marquette Wire Stock Photo

The latest Marquette University Law School Poll, released Tuesday afternoon, shows widening gaps in the Wisconsin gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.

The poll has Democratic candidate Tony Evers leading among likely Wisconsin voters, with 49 percent of support over incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s 44 percent support.

Those numbers changed slightly from August’s poll when the race for governor was tied at 46 percent support for each candidate.

Among likely voters, those who said they are certain to vote in the Nov. 6 election, 1 percent said they lack a preference or do not lean toward one candidate.

The gap in the race for U.S. Senate also widened, with incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin leading among likely voters with 53 percent compared to Republican challenger Leah Vukmir, who has 42 percent support. This contrasts from the previous poll in which Vukmir only trailed Baldwin by 2 percent.

The poll also asked Wisconsin voters about other issues, including the national debate on tariffs. The issue was put in the spotlight in the Milwaukee area when motorcycle company Harley-Davidson announced they were moving some production overseas due to steel prices.

Of those polled, 31 percent said they think increased tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will improve the U.S. economy, 52 percent said they think tariffs will hurt the economy and 17 percent said they don’t know. In the August poll, 34 percent said they think tariffs will improve the economy while 48 percent said they think tariffs will hurt the economy.

There were partisan differences in views on tariffs: 59 percent of Republicans said they think tariffs are good for the U.S. economy, 20 percent said they think they are bad for the economy and 20 percent said they don’t know. With Democrats, 8 percent said they think tariffs are good for the economy.