Sanders takes double digit lead in latest Marquette poll

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, the winner of the 2016 Wisconsin Democratic primary, has a big lead among registered voters surveyed in the latest Marquette University Law School poll, released Thursday. 

Sanders has surged to 29 percent support among likely Democratic primary voters surveyed, and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is second at 17 percent. Former Vice President Joe Biden is third with 15 percent, former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg has 13 percent support. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar ranks fifth in the poll with 11 percent, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 9 percent support among respondents.

Poll director Charles Franklin says it is the first time in six polls dating back to August 2019 that Sanders has led the field.

Fifty-six percent of those Democratic voters say they may still change their mind before the Wisconsin presidential primary on April 7.

In head-to-head matchups, every candidate and President Donald Trump were statistically tied.

The survey measured 1,000 registered Wisconsin voters, 464 of them likely Democratic primary voters.

President Trump’s job approval-disapproval numbers were at 48 percent for each. While still below 50 percent, this poll marks the first time the survey does not have Trump’s approval rating lower than his disapproval rating.

The impeachment numbers for Trump have barely moved in every Marquette poll. “This is the most futile question I’ve asked in a long time,” said Franklin.

The survey shows 41 percent say Trump did something seriously wrong with Ukraine, 13 percent said he was wrong but not seriously, and 36 percent said he did nothing wrong. On conviction, 42 percent said Trump should have been removed from office, 52 percent said he should not.

Gov. Tony Evers has a 51 percent approval rating in the February poll, while the Legislature’s approval rating is 46 percent.