New Wisconsin Poll – A Winnable Fight


Predictably the liberal media will make much of the new WPRI poll showing Governor Walker with a 43 percent approval rating.

But there are some very interesting findings in the poll (which seems to over sample both Democrats and union households.

The poll says voters oppose Walker’s budget plan by a 46% to 51% margin. But: An overwhelmingly majority — 81% said that public employees should be required to contribute to their own pensions.

When voters were asked to choose between keeping public employees wages and benefits the same but cutting the number of workers or making employees pay more for their pension and benefits to avoid layoffs…. voters by a margin of 83 percent to 12 percent chose having the employees pay more for their benefits.

Right now this is the heart of the Walker budget pitch.

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Here are two bits of information not widley published in the MSM that the voters need to know.
The president of the Iowa State Education Association, Chris Bern, is in jail for drunken driving.
Bern is currently serving a three-day sentence for second-offense operating while intoxicated in connection with an arrest on Dec. 17, 2010, according to the Polk County sheriff’s office. 2nd offence.

The Center for Public Integrity found compensation for leaders of the 10 largest unions ranged from $173,000 at the United Auto Workers to $618,000 at the Laborers’ International Union of North America and almost $480,000 for the president of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. The latter is the target of GOP governors in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kansas.