Feingold trails in new Reuters-Ipsos poll

October 12, 2010

USALiberal stalwart Russ Feingold trails his Republican challenger by 7 percentage points in a new Reuters-Ipsos poll of Wisconsin’s Senate race released on Tuesday.

With less than a month to go before the Nov. 2 elections, Republican Ron Johnson leads Feingold, a Democrat, 51 percent to 44 percent among likely voters.

That’s good news for Republicans, who are counting on a Wisconsin victory to help win control of the Senate. Not so good for Democrats, who could see the three-term incumbent swept out of office due to worries about the economy.

Johnson, who owns a plastics company, was seen in the poll as being “the best person to help generate jobs in Wisconsin” — 49 percent compared to 36 percent for Feingold.

By a 42-28 percent margin, Feingold was more likely to be seen as “part of the problem with politics right now in this country,” according to the poll.

The poll, taken between Friday and Monday, has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.

In the governor’s race, Republican Scott Walker leads his Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, by 10 points, 52 percent to 42 percent.

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