Internal informed vote poll shows Godlewski leading in Wisconsin Democratic Senate primary

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misstated the type of poll commissioned by Godlewski’s campaign. The poll was an informed vote poll, which means the pollster read respondents information about each candidate.

Wisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski is leading in the state’s Democratic Senate primary, according to an internal poll, that was conducted through an informed vote methodology and exclusively obtained by The Hill.

The poll’s methodology means respondents were given information by the pollster about the candidates ahead of being polled. 

The poll, which was conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling on behalf of Godlewski’s campaign, shows Godlewski leading the pack at 35 percent support among likely Democratic primary voters, while Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) and Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry follow at 25 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson was not tested in the poll.

Three percent of voters said they supported “someone else,” while 20 percent said they were “not sure.” 

Godlewski’s campaign wrote in the memo that the internal poll shows she is making gains ahead of the primary.

“Godlewski has made the most significant gains of any candidate in recent months following her communications on prescription drugs and, notably, choice,” the campaign wrote. “She has more than doubled her vote from the Marquette University Law School poll in April, continuing her upward trajectory as the campaign heads into the critical summer months.”

Additionally, the memo found that abortion rights are a major issue among Wisconsin Democratic primary voters. Eighty percent said the leak of a Supreme Court draft decision that showed the high court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade makes them more motivated to vote in the primary. Those findings include 67 percent of likely Democratic primary voters who said it makes them “much more motivated.” Seventy-five percent of female likely Democratic primary voters said the issue made them “much more motivated” to vote, while 52 percent of men said the same.

Godlewski, who is the only woman running in the primary, has zeroed in on the issue of abortion rights, releasing an ad hitting incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) over the issue. She was the first candidate in the primary to release an ad on the issue.

The primary’s other Democratic candidates have also spoken out in favor of abortion rights following the leak. Lasry also released an ad last month vowing to be a “relentless supporter of a woman’s right to choose.” Barnes spoke at an abortion rights rally last month and called for Roe v. Wade to be codified.

Polls show a tightening race ahead of the Aug. 9 primary. An internal poll released by Lasry’s team last week showed Barnes at 34 percent support among likely Democratic voters, with Lasry close behind at 31 percent support. Godlewski came in at 18 percent support, while Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson received five percent support. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 percent.

Meanwhile, a Marquette University Law School poll from April showed Barnes at 19 percent support and Lasry at 16 percent support. Godlewski and Nelson came in at 7 percent and 5 percent support, respectively. That poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percent.

The Public Policy Poll was conducted among 566 likely Democratic primary voters in Wisconsin from May 23 to 24. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

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