MADISON — Today, the Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin campaign released a new poll showing Lieutenant Governor Barnes is the overwhelming choice of Democratic voters to defeat Ron Johnson in November, despite $5 million in unopposed statewide advertising by his multi-millionaire, self-funding opponents.

Read the polling memo here.

The poll, conducted by Impact Research, has a number of key findings:

  • Mandela Barnes continues to lead the Democratic primary field with a commanding 21 point margin, earning 38% of the vote share.

  • Mandela Barnes maintains a double digit lead over the primary field despite $5 million in unopposed statewide advertising by self-funding opponents.

  • By far, Democratic primary voters are more concerned about “a candidate who is an out of state multi-millionaire who might get attacked for being out of touch with Wisconsin voters” (49%), versus “a candidate with a liberal background who might get attacked for being too liberal in the general election” (31%).

  • Undecided voters are even more likely to express concern for an out of state multi-millionaire (56%).

“This poll is just the latest proof that Mandela Barnes’ message of expanding opportunity for the middle class is resonating with voters in every community across Wisconsin,” said Lauren Chou, press secretary for Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin. “As an organizer, a state representative, and as Lieutenant Governor, Mandela has put in the work to deliver for working people across the state – delivering COVID relief for small businesses and family farmers and historic investments in Wisconsin’s public schools. It’s clear that voters are tired of multi-millionaire politicians and their big business as usual. That’s why Wisconsinites are standing with Mandela Barnes, the son of a middle class union family, to retire Ron Johnson this November.”

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