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Poll: Nearly 2/3 Want Gov. to Compromise on Budget Repair Bill


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - A new poll says almost two-thirds of Wisconsinites want Governor Scott Walker to negotiate a compromise to end the current budget impasse.

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, a conservative think tank, surveyed 603 residents just before Walker unveiled his next state budget last Tuesday. And 65 percent said the Republican Walker should seek a compromise with Democrats and public employee unions on the bill that fixes the current budget.

33 percent said the governor should “stand strong” on his plan to virtually end bargaining privileges for all public unions except police and fire groups.

UW-Madison professor Ken Goldstein conducted the poll, and he says people are not gravitating toward the middle like they do on a lot of issues. In his words, “Wisconsin residents are polarized.”

The poll gives Walker a 43 percent approval rating, down slightly from 45 percent last November. But those rating him unfavorably grew from 35 percent last fall to 53 percent now. 51 percent disapproved of the Senate Democrats’ decision to stay away from the Capitol to hold up a vote on the union provisions. 47 percent favored that.