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MU Poll: Dead heat in governor's race between Walker, Burke

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker and his main Democratic challenger Mary Burke remain in a dead heat in the state's largest independent poll.

The Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday gives the Republican incumbent a one point edge. That's well within the poll's margins of error of 3.5 percent among the 804 total registered voters surveyed -- and 4.3 percent for 549 people who said they're likely to vote in November.

Walker leads 46 to 45 percent among registered voters, and 47-46 among likely voters. Half of all voters are still not able to give an opinion about Burke, with less than three-and-a-half months before Election Day.

Even so, Burke is favored by women 48 to 41 percent, while men give Walker a 10 point advantage and married couples also endorse the governor.

Two-thirds of those polled agreed that Walker gets things done -- and only 22 percent said the state budget was in worse shape.

56 percent favored a higher minimum wage, but that's 7 points less than the previous Marquette poll in May.

43 percent agreed with federal numbers showed that Wisconsin lags behind other states in creating jobs.

Just 37 percent favor the state's ban on gay marriage, as the state appeals a federal judge's ruling which struck it down.

Voters were polled between last Thursday and Sunday, while Walker and Burke were debating the outsourcing of jobs overseas.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)