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Poll: Gov. Walker leads 4 opponents in potential recall election


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Just over half of Wisconsin voters approve of Governor Scott Walker's job performance.

That's according to the first poll released Wednesday by the Marquette Law School in Milwaukee.

51 percent of the 701 registered voters polled by phone approve of the job the Republican Walker's doing. 46 percent disapprove.

The poll was taken from last Thursday through Sunday, just days after recall petitions were filed against the governor.

The poll has a 3.8 percent margin of error.

It was released just hours before Walker addresses a split electorate in his annual State of the State message.

The Marquette poll also shows that Walker leads 4 potential Democratic challengers in a recall election.

The poll has Walker leading his opponent from 2010, Tom Barrett, 50 to 44 percent. And the governor leads former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk 49-42.

Walker would also out-poll Democrats Dave Obey and Tim Cullen.

74 percent agreed that state employees should pay more toward their own pensions and health insurance, but limiting collective bargaining was supported by just 48 to 47 percent, within the margin of error.

The Marquette Law School poll was conducted by Charles Franklin, who's on leave from UW-Madison. The school plans to conduct a number of polls in 2012.