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New Poll Sees Walker's Number Slipping

 
 
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As a new poll arrives showing Wisconsinites support the brave public workers over their intractable governor, the state's GOP went back to work--having temporarily tabled the controversial measure that would end collective bargaining for the state's public-sector unions--to try to force their Democratic colleagues out of hiding.

TPM reports on the poll, commissioned by the AFL-CIO, showed Walker's approval numbers slipping. 

Sixty-two percent of respondents to the poll said they view public employees favorably, while just 11% said they had an unfavorable view of the workers whose benefits packages Walker says are breaking the state budget.

Meanwhile, just 39% of respondents had a favorable view of Walker, while 49% had an unfavorable view of the freshman Republican governor. Voters are split on his job performance, with 51% saying they disapprove of the job Walker has done.

Meanwhile, the states' GOP senators, bereft of their Democratic colleagues who are refusing to appear until the collective bargaining provision is off the table, have begun to start work on other matters, in a move intended to intimidate their opponents across the aisle.

According to the New York Times:

 

The move seemed intended to increase the discomfort of the Democratic state senators who have fled the state as a way of preventing a vote on the union legislation. Starting Tuesday, those senators, who are in Illinois, will have to watch from afar as Republicans continue the work of governing without them, taking up matters from the mundane to the controversial.
AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 22, 2011, 3:23am

 
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