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Toplines - Wisconsin Senate - February 17, 2010

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Wisconsin State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted February 17, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

27% Strongly approve
20% Somewhat approve
14% Somewhat disapprove
38% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Jim Doyle has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

16% Strongly approve
24% Somewhat approve
20% Somewhat disapprove
40% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

3* 2010 Wisconsin Senate Race

Tommy Thompson (R)

48%

Russ Feingold (D)

43%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

4%

Dave Westlake (R)

37%

Russ Feingold (D)

47%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

10%

Terrence Wall (R)

39%

Russ Feingold (D)

47%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

7%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the WI Senate Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Thompson

25%

38%

17%

17%

3%

Feingold

28%

22%

18%

30%

2%

Wall

5%

29%

24%

11%

31%

Westlake

3%

30%

19%

12%

36%

5* How would you rate your own personal finances these days?

9% Excellent

34% Good

38% Fair

16% Poor

3% Not sure

6* Are your personal finances getting better these days, or worse?

21% Better

40% Worse

35% About the same

3% Not sure

7* Is it possible to balance the federal budget without raising taxes?

46% Yes
32% No
22% Not sure

8* Do you favor or oppose an income tax cut for all Americans?

48% Favor
34% Oppose
18% Not sure

9* Which is a better way to create new jobs – cutting taxes or increasing government spending?

60% Cutting taxes

15% Increasing government spending

28% Neither

6% Not sure

10* Who is winning the War on Terrorism…the United States and its allies or the terrorists?

51% United States and its allies

16% Terrorists

23% Neither

10% Not Sure

11* Is the United States today safer than it was before the 9/11 terrorist attacks?

44% Yes
34% No
23% Not sure

12* Generally speaking, when it comes to important national issues, whose judgment do you trust more—the American people or America’s political leaders?

73% The American people

11% America’s political leaders

16% Not sure

13* Some people believe that the federal government has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests. What do you think? Has the federal government become a special interest group?

72% Yes

14% No

14% Not sure

14* Do government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors?

71% Yes

11% No

18% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence