Your Business Advocate: Final Marquette poll shows tight political races

The final poll from the Marquette University Law School shows the top ticket races in Wisconsin are likely to be a photo finish. For U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Senator Ron Johnson leads Democrat Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes among likely voters 50%-48%. This has tightened since October, when Johnson led 52%—46%. In the Governor’s race, it’s tied between Democrat incumbent Governor Tony Evers and Republican businessman Tim Michels at 48%-48%. In October Evers led 47%-46%.

So how much do voters like each of the candidates?

• Evers: 44% Favorable, 46% Unfavorable
• Michels: 39% Favorable, 39% Unfavorable
• Governor Evers has a 46% job approval rating and President Joe Biden has a 41% approval rating.
• Johnson: 43% Favorable, 46% Unfavorable
• Barnes: 40% Favorable, 44% Unfavorable

Voters aren’t in love with any of these candidates, which is likely the consequence of a barrage of negative ads on both sides.

You can vote in-person now through Sunday in many areas if you want to avoid the lines on Tuesday. Be sure to check with your local clerks on their office hours. While you can technically request an absentee ballot through the mail until Today (the 3rd), I wouldn’t rely on the mail to get it there and back in time.

As the cliché goes, “the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day,” and it’s up to you to be a part of it! Be sure to go to myvote.wi.gov to get all the resources you need on voting in your area and see what’s on your ballot.