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Threats to democracy rose as the top midterm concern for Democratic voters in Wisconsin, a new poll in the state shows.
A Spectrum News/Sienna College survey of likely Wisconsin voters found that in deciding which candidate to vote for this fall, threats to democracy were the first or second choice for 40% of likely Democratic voters in the state, and the 30% mentioned it as their main problem.
The issue has popped up in several recent polls, after President Biden said “MAGA Republicans” are “threats to democracy.”
Abortion, which many Democratic candidates have made a focal point of their campaigns following the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, was top of mind for 39% of Democrats before the midterms, and was the most important issue for 16%. Economic problems was only 34% despite technical recession.
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Nearly 80% of registered Republican voters listed the economy as the most important issue, or the second most important issue facing Wisconsin, while only 30% viewed threats to democracy as a top concern. Economic issues were also of great concern to 65% of likely independent voters in the state, and threats to democracy to 27%.
According to the poll, 41% of respondents have a favorable opinion of Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, the Democratic candidate in the Wisconsin Senate race, while 37% have a favorable opinion of incumbent Senator Ron Johnson.
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“In a sane world with unbiased media, none of these races would even be close, Joe Biden would not be president, and the disaster that is Democratic government, the disastrous results of Democratic policies would basically ensure that Democrats would not be in power. right now,” Johnson recently told Fox News’ “American newsroom” Tuesday about the midterm race.
“I mean, we’re seeing what a fundamental transformation of this nation looks like. They’re finally destroying it: it’s open borders, it’s a flood of deadly drugs, it’s 40-year high inflation, record gas prices and rising crime. Johnson said.
The poll found that 44% of Wisconsin registered voters have a favorable view of Biden, while the majority, or 52%, have an unfavorable view of him.
Only 29% of voters in the Badger State support Biden’s student loan that would pay off up to $20,000 in student debt, and 42% oppose the president’s plan.
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the Spectrum News/Sienna College Survey was conducted from September 14 to 15, 2022 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.