Poll: 59 pct disapprove of Wis. gov's performance

July 13, 2011 - 8:14 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A new poll has found that majority of Wisconsin residents disapprove of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's performance and are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the state.

The University of Wisconsin Survey Center's Badger Poll released Wednesday found that 59 percent of residents disapprove of Walker's performance. The former Milwaukee County Executive says he is not concerned by the poll results.

Walker wasted no time after becoming governor in January in pushing divisive legislation through the Republican-controlled Legislature. A measure that stripped most public employees of their collective bargaining rights led to a month of large pro-union protests in and around the state Capitol.

Six Republican and three Democratic state senators are facing recall elections in the next several weeks as a result of the dispute.