Last October, Democrats were estatic when a Marquette Poll showed likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke only trailed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker by two points, 45 to 47%. The most recent poll, however, shows that while Walker has maintained his 47%, Burke has dropped down to 41%, giving Walker a six point lead.
In addition, Walker’s job approval rating has taken a huge turn in his favor: 51% approve, 42% disapprove. In October it was 49% approve, 47% disapprove-- a nine point improvement. And 54% say Wisconsin is on the right track-- it was 52%, shortly before Walker's recall.
Although most Wisconsinites still don't know Mary Burke, the early returns are not good. The current poll gives a Burke a -6% favorability rating (12% favorable, 18% unfavorable, 70% no opinion). In, October, she had +3% favorabilty rating: 17% fav, 14% unfavorabilty, and 70% no opinion.
President Obama's job approval rating has dropped from +3% (49% approve to 46% disapprove) to -6% (44% approve to 50% disapprove). Poll director Charles Franklin called the results "shocking" and said this was the biggest drop in Obama's approval rating in the poll's two year history.