The day after Scott Walker removed himself from the Republican clown car, an online poll from the largest newspaper in Wisconsin asked people the following question with some very eye popping results.
I hope Walker is paying close attention to the results which are even worse than his latest state poll numbers.
Latest Wisconsin poll (last month) has Walker with 39% approval and 57% disapproval.
The governor's approval rating in Wisconsin had fallen while he pursued a presidential campaign. Now analysts say he must work to repair his image in the state. Can he do it?
- Yes, he has plenty of time to bounce back.: 11%
- No, Wisconsin will move on and leave him behind.: 78%
- Maybe, but it will take more work than Walker put into his campaign.: 8%
- I don't know. Time will tell.: 4%
- Total responses: 1122
Yowsa! That's bad.
Republican strategists are far more optimistic on Walker's chances of rebounding.
"He'll need to repair his image," conceded a top Republican official, who asked that his name not be used because he has to work with Walker.
"Unfortunately, way too many people thought he was more focused on national (issues) than Wisconsin. I don't agree with that, but I think that's something that can be easily fixed."
Evan Zeppos, a Democratic political consultant, disagreed that Walker faced a quick fix, noting that the governor's favorability rating was at an all-time low of 39% in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.
Zeppos attributed Walker's dip in support to his decision to move to the right during his failed presidential bid and to the Wisconsin governor's repeated stumbles on the campaign trail.
"It's not a PR repair plan that he needs," Zeppos said. "He's significantly damaged his standing."
Walker left the state right after his re-election in November, 2014. He began a speaking and fundraising tour of the country and literally ignored his Gubernatorial responsibilities. While gone, leaders in the Republican Legislative majority pushed a radical GOP agenda so extreme that public criticism escalated and media editorials asked Walker to come home to rein in Republicans.