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Tue Sep 1, 2015, 12:14 PM

Tough August leaves Walker facing polling trouble

tsk tsk. my heart breaks (not)


Tough August leaves Walker facing polling trouble

September 1, 2015 By Andrew Beckett

After spending much of the year riding high in Iowa, Governor Scott Walker ended the month of August with his campaign losing ground with many potential voters.

Less than two months after formally launching his campaign, recent polls show support for the Republican presidential hopeful falling among Iowa Caucus voters. A Des Moines Register-Bloomberg poll released over the weekend had Walker in a tie for third, with just eight percent of voters supporting him. A Monmouth University poll released Monday had Walker at fifth. In both polls, real estate developer Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson led the GOP field of 17 candidates.

University of Wisconsin Madison associate journalism professor Mike Wagner said the rise of Trump as a frontrunner is a big factor in why Walker and many other candidates are struggling. “Donald Trump is taking up a lot of the media oxygen,” Wagner said. “In fact, his rise in the polls is almost perfectly correlated with the amount of media attention he’s getting.”

Wagner said that can set up a situation where Walker and others are clamoring for media attention, so they are not forgotten by voters. However, he warned they also need to avoid attracting negative coverage, because it risks making a bad impression with voters. “There are 17 Republicans running for president, and to get air time…you’ve got to be doing things that attract news media attention, so you can introduce yourself to the voters. That’s really hard to do right now.”

Also hurting Walker is his shifting positions on immigration, .................

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Tue Sep 1, 2015, 03:27 PM

1. Watching Walker fail in the polls has been enjoyable

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