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Scott Walker says low poll numbers don’t reflect what he hears in listening sessions

June 15, 2016

Facing a dip in his job approval ratings and a survey that shows 50 percent of Wisconsin voters think the state is on the wrong track, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday it’s “no wonder” the polls look the way they do.

The governor placed blame on the media for focusing on the negatives, adding that “headlines are always negative and bad things.”

However, he said, he hears good things from the people he speaks to in a series of listening sessions throughout the state.

The listening sessions are invite-only and are closed to press.

“Obviously people want to always do better, but we hear positive things,” Walker said, speaking to Wisconsin reporters on a call during an economic development trip to Mexico.

A Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed that 46 percent of the state’s voters believe the state is heading in the right direction, while 50 percent say it’s on the wrong track.

Thirty-seven percent of those polled said they think the state’s budget is in worse shape than it was a few years ago, while 31 percent said it’s in better shape and 25 percent said it hasn’t changed much.

Thirty-nine percent said they approve of the governor’s job performance, down from 43 percent in March.

“It’s not just media,” Walker said of the numbers. “I think media is a reflection of human nature. We tend to, all of us, unless we sit back and think about it, tend to focus on challenges as a opposed to where we’re. By and large, we hear good things at the listening sessions.”

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