Scott Walker Faces Worst Approval Ratings Yet After Leaving Presidential Race

| by Robert Fowler
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After exiting the presidential race, Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin continues to get bad news. A Marquette University Law School Poll released on Sept. 30 shows his approval ratings at their lowest yet within his own state.

Walker was among the frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination when he first launched his campaign. However, he bowed out of the race on Sept. 21 due to diminishing campaign funds. Walker said that he hoped that his exit would help whittle down the field of candidates so that voters could rally behind a strong alternative to current frontrunner Donald Trump, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

Now Walker is facing lagging support in Wisconsin with an approval rating of 37 percent. The Marquette poll shows that 59 percent of respondents disapprove of Walker, putting his popularity as governor at an all-time low since Marquette started polling Walker's job approval in early 2012.

According to the Huffington Post, 79 percent of Republican voters would support Walker if he chose to run for another term. However, Wisconsin is a blue state and the Republican support would not tip the scales, with 62 percent of all respondents saying they hope he does not run again.

Marquette poll director Charles Franklin cites Walker’s time spent out-of-state on the presidential campaign trail as a big factor in his declining popularity, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Franklin also claims that the state budget Walker signed this summer has left many voters unhappy.

Blame for Walker’s failed presidential campaign has been largely heaped upon his campaign manager, Rick Wiley. Many conservative bloggers were angered when Wiley seemed to shift the blame for the failed campaign onto Walker. R.J. Johnson, a political strategist who has been heavily involved in Walker’s career, took to social media to slam Wiley, reports the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

"It's one thing to fail at a campaign and there's more than one reason this one did," Johnson wrote in a Facebook post. "But it's quite another to publicly and repeatedly blame your client for that failure, one you had full ownership in. The same client who paid you and trusted you with their life, their most personal details and their reputation.”

To add insult to injury, Walker’s presidential competitor, Donald Trump, is now polling highest among Republican voters in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Walker hoped that his exit from the presidential race would help hurt Trump, but the business mogul now has 20 percent support from Republican voters in Wisconsin -- up from 9 percent in August.

The Marquette poll was conducted between Sept. 24 and 28, and 803 registered Wisconsin voters were surveyed. Marquette contacted the respondents via landline phones and cell phones. The margin of error for Walker's job approval is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. For the presidential race, the margin of error is plus or minus 6.5 percentage points for Republicans and plus or minus 5.9 percentage points for Democrats.

Sources: Huffington PostMilwaukee Wisconsin Journal SentinelWisconsin State Journal

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