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Most voters still don't know Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - With the governor's election nine months away, two-thirds of voters don't know what to think of challenger Mary Burke.

A new Marquette Law School poll released Monday shows that 12 percent of registered voters view her favorably, and 18 percent unfavorably. Seven of every 10 voters don't know enough about the former Trek Bicycle executive and state Commerce Secretary to form an opinion.

The Marquette poll of 802 registered voters showed that Republican Governor Scott Walker leads Burke 47 to 41 percent -- beyond the poll's 3.5 percent margin of error.

Walker got a 49 percent favorable rating, and 44 percent unfavorable.

Burke's camp downplayed the New Year's first major independent poll in the Badger State. Spokesman Joe Zepecki said Burke is still introducing herself. He says voters will want her new leadership once they learn that she's, "a proven job creator committed to raising the minimum wage, strengthening public schools, making college more affordable, and improving job training programs."

State Republican Party spokesman Joe Fadness said a majority of voters agree that Wisconsin is moving in the right direction, and the GOP still expects a tight race.

The poll was conducted last week, mostly before Walker's State of the State address on tax cuts.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)