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Wisconsin voters had a more positive view of President Trump this spring than last fall, largely because Republicans have warmed to him since the election. But his numbers were still upside down in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.

Forty-one percent of registered voters approved of the job Trump is doing, while 47 percent disapproved, which poll director Charles Franklin said was in line with national polling.

And Trump continued to be a polarizing figure: 86 percent of registered Republicans approve of the job he’s doing, while 89 percent of Dems do not. He was underwater with independents at 38-44.

In the final Marquette Law poll ahead of the October election, 33 percent of registered voters had a favorable impression of Trump, while 62 percent had an unfavorable one. Now, his split is 42-48.

In that October survey, 67 percent of registered Republican voters had a favorable impression of Trump, while 27 percent had an unfavorable one. His split was 4-94 with Dems and 33-60 with independents.

Trump campaigned on a promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico, which he said would pay for its construction. Wednesday’s poll found 37 percent of registered voters support building a wall along the southern border, while 59 percent are opposed.

Among those who approve of the job Trump is doing, 75 percent back its construction, while 20 percent are opposed.

Franklin said it was noteworthy that even some of Trump’s supporters have reservations about the proposal.

The poll of 800 registered voters was conducted over landlines and cell phones March 13-16, which means it was out of the field before FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee that his agency this summer began investigating whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Moscow while Russia was interfering with the election.

It found 30 percent of registered Wisconsin voters were very concerned that Russia interfered with the election, 20 percent were somewhat concerned, 18 percent were not too concerned and 30 percent were not concerned at all.

The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

The poll also found a majority of voters would like to keep the Affordable Care Act in place, but improve it.

Six percent wanted to keep Obamacare as is, while 54 percent would keep and improve it, 28 percent backed repealing it and replacing it, and 8 percent just want it repealed.

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill that would begin the process of repealing and replacing the health care law. The Marquette Law poll found 18 percent believe the GOP bill would result in more people having health care coverage, 49 percent having less and 25 percent staying the same.

The poll also found opinions of the current law differ depending on whether it’s called the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. When called the ACA, 51 percent had a favorable view of the law, while 40 percent had an unfavorable one. When called Obamacare, it was 40-53.

Gov. Scott Walker’s job approval rating climbed in the latest Marquette Law poll, though he also remained underwater.

Forty-five percent approved of the job Walker is doing, while 48 percent disapproved. In October, that split was 42-51.

Franklin noted since spring 2015, after Walker began moving toward a presidential run, the guv’s numbers have been upside down. Still, it’s the best mark he’s had since 49-47 with registered voters just weeks ahead of his 2014 re-election.

Forty-nine percent of registered voters said the state is on the right track, while 47 percent said it is not. That split was 45-51 in August.

See more on the poll in DC Wrap and at the Marquette University Law School Poll website.

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