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New poll numbers on Kohl's re-election

Strategic Vision has released some poll data on Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl who is up for re-election in November.

According to their numbers, Kohl's overall approval rating is 54% with 27% disapproving, and 19% undecided. State Republicans who have been trying to convince Tim Michels to run against Kohl may want to stop trying. In that matchup, Kohl trounces Michels 57% to 38%. Michels lost to Sen. Russ Feingold in the November 2004 election with Feingold carrying 55% to Michels' 44%.

The only competitive race pits Kohl against former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson. In that hypothetical matchup, Thompson edges Kohl 46% to 42% with an interesting 12% undecided (interesting considering the name recognition in Wisconsin politics the two have). The polls have a 3% margin of error putting this race at a statistical dead heat.

To date, Dave Reddick of Madison, Marc Gumz of Baraboo, and Robert Lorge of Bear Creek have announced they will run in the GOP primary, all of them longshots to mount a serious challenge.

Kohl remains one of the most popular politicians in contemporary Wisconsin politics. SurveyUSA recently placed his approval rating at 58%. He has earned that reputation due to his good consitutent service, his attention to the needs of Wisconsin's farmers, and small businesses, and his focus on bread and butter issues like health care.


At 2/07/2006 12:24:00 PM, Anonymous Russ said...

Perhaps it would be more accurate to attribute Kohl's popularity to his lack of leadership on any position or any issue of any substance, and his love of riding the fence. The public is then able to project onto this blank slate an image fashioned in their own likeness, which they will, of course, find "positive." This seems like a most inopportune time to have a smiling, silent center-of-the-road senator. The best that can be said of him is that he's not Michaels or Thompson.


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