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Walker ahead, Bill unknown in WI recall race

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By Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON – It might be feeling like a Stuart Smalley "Daily Affirmation" for Scott Walker.

Another day, another poll showing the embattled Republican governor leading his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

A poll by libertarian Reason magazine shows Walker leading Barrett by 8 percentage points, 50 percent to 42 percent.

The Reason-Rupe poll, conducted May 14-18, surveyed a random sample of 708 Wisconsin adults on cell phones and landlines. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 percent.

On Wednesday, a poll released by St. Norbert College and Wisconsin Public Radio showed Walker outpacing Barrett among likely voters, 50 percent to 45 percent, within the poll’s 5 percent margin of error. The telephone survey of 406 respondents was conducted between May 17 and May 22.

The Marquette Law School Poll, one of the most widely tracked polls, is slated for release next Wednesday.

Just in case you’re curious, and we know you are, here are some other interesting findings from the Reason-Rupe poll.

• Voters overwhelmingly support many of the key changes the governor and the Republican-controlled Legislature implemented on public-sector pensions and health care last year.

• 72 percent favor the change requiring public sector workers to increase their pension contributions from less than 1 percent to 5.8 percent of their salaries.

• 71 percent favor making government employees pay 12 percent of their own health care premiums instead of 6 percent.

• 57 percent of respondents say police and firefighters, exempted from the benefits changes, should have to pay, too.

• 65 percent say public sector workers receive better pension and health care benefits than private sector workers.

Is Clinton coming?

At a news conference Thursday morning, Barrett was asked whether former President Bill Clinton would hit the campaign trail for the Milwaukee mayor. Barrett said he didn’t know.

“We would love to have many people come in, and we don’t have anything to report,” he said.

Wisconsin Democrats are asking.

"No kidding has Walker gotten to them too? Where's Michael Moore, Susan (Sarandon) and that Monk guy? (Stephen) Colbert? Sure when we protest and make the national news they want their name out there looking like they are with us. Nice job. It is so disappointing." wrote Colleen Burke of Madison on Wisconsin Reporter's Facebook site.

Meanwhile, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stumped for Walker Thursday afternoon. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, like Jindal a rising star in the Republican Party, is expected to be in Wisconsin campaigning for Walker next week.