The Washington Times - May 25, 2011, 03:19PM

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s popularity has continued to decline over the last three months, and state voters now say they would vote to recall him if there was a new election, a new polls says.

Results of the Pubic Policy Polling survey, released Wednesday, also show voters would pick either former Sen. Russ Feingold or Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, both Democrats, over Mr. Walker in a head-to-head match up.

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The poll shows that 43 percent of state voters approve of the job Mr Walker is doing, while 54 disapprove. When PPP polled voters in late February Mr. Walker’s approval/disapproval rating was 46/52.

Mr. Walker’s numbers among Democrats and Republicans now are virtually identical to where they were in February, but with independents his popularity has declined from a 45/53 approval/disapproval to a current spread of 40/56.

Voters split evenly in February at 48 percent on the question of recalling Mr. Walker, but now 50 percent say they support a recall compared with 47 percent who are opposed. 

If a recall election were held, voters say they would pick Mr. Feingold over Mr. Walker by a margin of 52 percent to 42 percent, while Mr. Barrett would win by a 50-43 spread, the poll says.

Mr. Walker, a first-termer, easily beat Mr. Barrett Nov. 2 by almost 6 percentage points.

The automated telephone survey was conducted May 19 through Sunday and has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.4 percent.