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Baldwin's lead shrinks over Thompson in latest Marquette Law School poll


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Democrat Tammy Baldwin still leads in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race – but the gap has narrowed over the last couple weeks.

The latest Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday afternoon gives the Madison U.S. House Democrat a 48 to 44 percent lead over Republican Tommy Thompson.

In the last Marquette poll in mid-September, Baldwin led by 9 over the former governor – erasing a 9 point advantage Thompson had in the poll before that.

Almost 900 likely voters were surveyed last Tuesday through Friday, mostly before Friday night’s first debate between the two Senate hopefuls.

Independents favored both candidates equally at 43 percent. The voters gave Baldwin a 40 percent favorable rating, and a 40 percent unfavorable.

38 percent in the Marquette poll gave Thompson a favorable rating, and 49 percent unfavorable.

The poll also asked Wisconsinites about the rhetoric put out by the candidates’ campaign people and their TV ads. Voters were evenly split at 45 on whether Baldwin is too liberal for Wisconsin. 49 percent believed that Thompson is not working for them anymore, while 42 percent disagreed.

47 percent in the poll said Baldwin cares about people like them, and 39 percent said she didn’t. 41 percent said Thompson cares about people like them, and 50 percent said he did not. And by a 49 to 35 margin, voters said Baldwin would indeed fight unfair foreign business competition, as she promises in her TV ads.

The Marquette poll has an error margin of 3.3 percent either way.