That’s how I read this poll.
Walker’s job approval has fallen to 41%, with 56% disapproving, according to the latestMarquette Law School poll, which has been Wisconsin’s leading survey. That’s the lowest approval figure for Walker in several years of Marquette’s surveys.
The approval numbers for Walker have been very consistent since 2011. He has had rock-solid support among conservatives and a high percentage of Republicans. H has also had rock-solid opposition from the liberals and most Democrats. The middle ground has only been about 7 or 8 percent of the population. Given that nothing has happened that indicates that Walker has pulled any additional support from the liberal factions of Wisconsin’s electorate, the fact that his support has fallen to 41% indicates that there is erosion in the heretofore “rock solid” conservative factions of the electorate.
As one of those conservatives, it is apparent to me. Walker’s wrong-headed decision on the Kenosha casino; his support for a big borrowing plan for the Bucks arena; his inattentiveness to advocating for the conservative elements of his budget proposal; his MIA status on the UW tuition increase; etc… I still strongly support Walker, but not as strongly as I did a year ago. I suspect that a lot of conservatives are of the same mindset. Those former Walker supporters who aren’t as conservative as me are the ones falling into the disapproval category of this poll.
I suspect that Walker’s support in Wisconsin will erode further the longer he spends outside of Wisconsin running for president and the more, whether perceived or real, Wisconsin conservatives think that their agenda is being subjugated or watered down by Walker’s presidential policy stances.