A New York Times exit poll suggest that that the general notion of a policy-based recall election was bothering an overwhelming majority of Wisconsin voters.
Exit pollsters asked “Do you think recall elections are appropriate?” To quote the late, great Richard Dawson, “survey SAYS:”
- For any reason: 27%
- Only for official misconduct: 60%
- Never: 10%
In other words, seven-out-of-ten Wisconsin voters thought a recall election over a policy disagreement, such as anti-union legislation, was inappropriate. So many Wisconsinites may have opposed the recall of Scott Walker more because they disliked mid-term recalls based on policy disagreements, rather than because they loved Governor Walker.
This would help explain why exit polls showed that the same voters who gave Walker a 8-point win were also picking The Antiwalker, President Obama, over Walker supporter Mitt Romney by 7 points. Some of those Obama supporters who opposed recalling Walker may just have been uncomfortable with the idea of the concept of this recall.
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