President Trump was neck-and-neck with his potential Dem rivals in a new poll from the UW-Madison Elections Research Center.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders was leading the Dem field by a double-digit margin.
The new poll found Sanders favored by 30 percent of those who indicated plans to vote in Wisconsin’s April 7 primary.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg were tied for second at 13 percent apiece. Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren were tied at 12 percent each.
Amy Klobuchar was at 9 percent, while the rest indicated a preference for someone else or didn’t know.
Recent polling in Wisconsin has had a much tighter race for the Dem nomination. The latest Marquette University Law School Poll, conducted in early January, found Biden was the first choice of 23 percent of those planning to vote in the Dem primary, while Sanders was at 19 percent.
In the presidential contest, all of the matchups were within the margin of error.
When matched against Sanders and Warren, Trump was at 44 percent among those who said they were registered voters, while each of those Dem rivals were at 46 percent.
When matched against Biden and Buttigieg, Trump was at 43 percent, while the Dem candidates were each at 45 percent.
It was Klobuchar 44, Trump 43.
Meanwhile, Trump’s job approval split was 44-52 among all voting-age adults surveyed. Similarly, 37 percent say the country is headed in the right direction while 53 percent say it’s on the wrong track.
The poll was the first of three from the the UW-Madison Elections Research Center looking at Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The poll in Wisconsin was conducted in collaboration with the Wisconsin State Journal.
The poll of 1,000 voting-age adults in Wisconsin was conducted Feb. 11-20 by YouGov under the direction of the ERC. Online interviews were conducted with respondents from YouGov’s opt-in panel, and the sample was selected and weighted to reflect the adult population in each state based on gender, age, race and education. The margin of error for the overall sample was plus or minus 4.06 percentage points.