A new survey released today by Public Policy Polling shows Wisconsin voters experiencing a bit of buyers' remorse, with defeated Democratic nominee Tom Barrett leading Republican Gov. Scott Walker by a 52-45 margin. And not surprisingly, it's union households in which Walker fares the worst.
The difference between how folks would vote now and how they voted in November can almost all be attributed to shifts within union households. Voters who are not part of union households have barely shifted at all- they report having voted for Walker by 7 points last fall and they still say they would vote for Walker by a 4 point margin. But in households where there is a union member voters now say they'd go for Barrett by a 31 point margin, up quite a bit from the 14 point advantage they report having given him in November.
Specifically, it appears to be Republican union members who account for much of the shift, with only 3 percent saying they voted for the Democrat Barrett in November, but 10 percent saying they would vote for him now. PPP plans to release full cross-tabs tomorrow.
Huh. The national media may be doing a shitty job of explaining that this is a battle over busting unions, not balancing budgets, but Wisconsinites appear to be getting the message. Here's hoping Republicans in other states take notice before attempting the same.