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Support Grows for Recall of Wisconsin Gov. Walker

By aaroncynic in News on Nov 16, 2011 5:30PM

Support for recalling Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is growing, even among state Republicans. The Tribune cited a Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College survey released showed that 58 percent of respondents are in favor of a recall. This included 24 percent of Republicans surveyed, more than triple the amount who supported recalling Walker in the spring.

A pollster told the Trib that Republicans who support recalling the governor are less educated, have a lower income, and describe themselves as less conservative than other Republicans. Such rhetoric though, sounds like code for “more interested in economic issues.” Walker’s efforts to squash union bargaining rights sparked the massive protests in Madison and unemployment has risen from 7.1 to 7.8 percent since January.

Yet, Walker seems to be more interested in putting partisan social issues at the top of his agenda. Mother Jones reports a bill at the top of the “Back to Work Wisconsin” agenda is a bill that would repeal requirements for sex education in schools. Such standard conservative social talking points are exactly the kind of thing that would turn voters with an interest in bettering their income and education levels away from retaining Walker. Voters interested in recalling Walker will need 540,208 signatures before Jan. 17.