Johnson vs Barnes
Johnson 55%, Barnes 33% Evers vs Michels
Michels 37%, Evers 33% For Senator, do we really believe that the election denier who believe climate change isn't real (Johnson) is leading the 35-year-old Black man (Barnes) among the youngest and most diverse set of voters in the state? For Governor, do we really believe the out-of-state CEO that wants to outlaw abortion and is endorsed by Donald Trump leads the former school teacher that wants to keep abortion safe and legal and supports the legalization of marijuana? I don't, especially when we know that Wisconsin voters 18-29 supported Joe Biden over Donald Trump by more than 20 points in 2020. And the former press secretary for US Sen Russ Feingold has a good theory as to why that 18-29 result is so out of step with all other data points that we've seen. Note: he is referecing the "likely voter" results, but it's the same story.)
I'm coming up on 50, and I rarely answer phone calls from weird numbers (although sometimes I do in the hopes I'm getting polled). And it gets less common as you get younger, which makes you wonder what kind of person under 30 would answer a phone calls from a number they don't know. I'm not blaming Charles Franklin and company on this - it's just a problem with polling in general. So let's throw out that 18-29 figure from the MU Law Poll, assume the Dems win that demographic by 20 points (which is likely a better result for the GOP vs what they're going to get in November), and here's what we get. MU Law Poll if Dems win 18-29 by 20 points
What's going on here? Too much sample stretching. Because 52% of the poll respondents were 60+ & only 16% were in the 18-39 group. So, the youngsters' sample was stretched to proper weight. However, when sample is too small (and bad ) and it's then stretched, it skews poll. pic.twitter.com/PtWJBjkFum— Jud Lounsbury (@JudLounsbury) September 15, 2022
Evers 47.2, Michels 41.4
Barnes 48.0, Johnson 43.5 That doesn't mean I'm not concerned. Barnes and the Wisconsin Dems in aren't hammering Johnson nearly hard enough - and God knows Johnson has enough to attack that makes him unelectable to more than 50% of Wisconsinites. And they need to be more forceful in calling our Republicans as election deniers, racist trash, and a party that HAS NOTHING when it comes to dealing with the issues that matter in 2022 Wisconsin and 2022 America. But what would our media be saying if Evers was up 6, and Mandela was up 4-5? They sure wouldn't be spinning the race as a toss-up and it would make GOP attacks look much more desperate. And if Dems were attacking, it would push our media into having to ask real questions about Republicans and what they truly believe in, which is something that GOPs do not want voters to know.