The recent Marquette University Law School poll that showed Walker leading Barrett 50-44 also asked respondents to rate some of the candidates’ personal characteristics. The results suggest that voters see Walker as a strong and decisive leader but potentially unfair, or at least uncaring. They paint Barrett as relatively honest and fair but indecisive and uninspiring. Full results below.
(Each figure is the percentage of respondents who said the term or phrase described the candidate “extremely well” + the percentage who said it fit him “quite well”)
Walker 68 / Barrett 47
Provides strong leadership
Walker 58 / Barrett 47
Barrett 53 / Walker 51
Barrett 52 / Walker 50
Cares about people like me
Barrett 50 / Walker 49
Walker 50 / Barrett 42
A quick note on the poll’s demographics: As often happens in political polls, this one picked up a lot of retirement-age respondents, folks with the time to sit and answer a gazillion questions about their political affiliation, thoughts on the economy, voting habits and more. 45 percent of the survey’s approx. 704 respondents said they were 60 years or older, 33 percent reported 45-59 and a scant 21 percent were younger than 45. Come on, young-in’s, pick up your phones! 52 percent of respondents said they voted for Walker in 2010, and 41 said they picked Barrett. Mysteriously, 4 percent refused to answer this question, making it hard to compare the results to 2010’s actual split, 52 to 46.5.
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