Poll: Scott Walker losing to Hillary at home
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A survey released on Thursday shows Wisconsin voters would pick Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE over their home-state Gov. Scott Walker (R) in next year’s presidential election.

Former Secretary of State Clinton leads Walker 52 percent to 40 percent in a hypothetical matchup, according to a Marquette University Law School poll of the Badger State.

The results indicate Walker might have an uphill battle in Wisconsin should he follow Clinton’s lead and officially seek the Oval Office.


While some have speculated that Walker could put Wisconsin in play for the GOP if he were the party's nominee, the state has chosen the Democratic candidate in the last two presidential elections. President Obama won by nearly 7 percentage points in 2012 and nearly 14 points in 2008.

Marquette’s sampling found that 56 percent of Wisconsin voters disapprove of Walker, while 41 percent approve of his performance. 

These findings suggest Wisconsinites have soured on their governor since late last year. In a poll conducted in October 2014, 49 percent approved of Walker, while 47 percent did not.

The poll also found that Walker is the overwhelming favorite to win Wisconsin in the Republican primary should he throw his hat in the ring for 2016.

Forty-percent of Wisconsin Republicans said they would support Walker in 2016, compared with 10 percent for Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWe're all on the tarmac, waiting for an Iran policy This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Washington braces for Trump's next move on Iran MORE (Ky.) and 8 percent for former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.). Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (Texas) and Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) next tied at 6 percent each.

Marquette interviewed 803 registered voters by landline and cell phone April 7-10. Its full sampling had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.