Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wisconsin Trends Progressive On Issues & Favors Hillary

Public Policy Polling recently surveyed 1,144 registered voters in Wisconsin to gauge their views on the major issues facing the United States right now. The poll was done between April 17th and 20th, and has a margin of error of about 2.9 points.

Progressives should be happy about these results, because it shows the people of Wisconsin join citizens in many other states in supporting progressive issues (and opposing the Republican stands on these issues). Note that there is significant support for both raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and the Paycheck Fairness Act -- although it seems that many aren't sure what the Paycheck Fairness Act is about (because support shoots much higher when respondents were asked if they supported equal pay for equal work -- which is what the Paycheck Fairness Act is seeking to establish).

And while most Wisconsin voters would like for same-sex couples to have the same rights as opposite-sex couples, they seem to be hung up on the word "marriage" (like voters in many other states). Only a plurality of 47% would like to see same-sex couples be able to marry, but 71% would be willing to grant those same rights if you call those same-sex relationships a "civil union" instead of a "marriage".

And finally, Wisconsin voters are starting to accept the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) -- with 43% saying they approve it and 42% saying they oppose it. But whatever they think of Obamacare in general, a solid 61% think Wisconsin should accept federal funds and expand the Medicaid program. They don't believe a person should be without health insurance just because they are poor.

Frankly, I would Hate to be a Republican running against these issues in Wisconsin.

And Wisconsin voters also like Hillary Clinton, and show that she could fairly easily win that state right now. The chart below shows how she stands against the current major GOP candidates.

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