When the same pollster asked about Walker last week, the percentage of Wisconsinites with strong feelings about him - negative or positive - had risen from 40% to 70%. The share of people with strong positive views about Walker rose from 21% to 28%, and the share with strong negative views rose from 19% to 41%.
Both polls were done by University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Ken Goldstein for WPRI, which is a conservative think tank. Whatever you think about the sponsoring group, we have in this case two directly comparable surveys using the same methods, so it's fair to examine the trend. What this poll suggests is that when it comes to attitudes about Walker, middle-of-the-road opinion is disappearing in Wisconsin.
Actually, it suggests that twice as many people think he is a total dick as did last November, whereas people who want to sex him have grown in number only slightly. But hey, why be direct when you can just say he's "polarizing" and anyway, probably controversy is swirling.
Something's swirling, all right.
Then there's this:
The same poll also shows that Walker inspires stronger feelings in Wisconsin and bigger partisan division than President Barack Obama, who is a highly polarizing figure compared to most recent presidents.
In the Wisconsin poll of 800 likely voters taken July 13-15, some 19% approved and 73% disapproved of Bush's overall performance. Only 17% approved (and 77% disapproved) of Bush's handling of the Iraq war - the worst numbers on Iraq that Bush has received in this poll. The president got far higher marks for his handling of the war on terror, with 46% approving and 43% disapproving.