Author’s note, February 7: Updated to include additional polling numbers.
There’s a really interesting Marquette University Poll from Wisconsin last week that no one seems to have noticed — but concerned progressives certainly should.
The Marquette poll is well known for the accuracy of its surveys in a critical swing state. Here’s what the most recent one found:
- Former progressive Sen. Russ Feingold continues to hold a solid lead over incumbent Tea Party Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in next November’s matchup. No surprise there.
- Here’s where things get fascinating, though. The same poll found that Hillary Clinton barely ekes out a one-point advantage over Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in Wisconsin — well within the margin of error.
- But when Bernie Sanders is tested against those two Republicans in Wisconsin, he crushes both of them by margins nearly identical to the lead that Feingold holds over Johnson in the Senate race.
- Hillary Clinton’s lead over possible Republicans in the Badger State has been greatly diminished over time. Meanwhile, Sanders’ advantage there has dramatically expanded just since November.