The attacks from multiple mainstream media organs over the last few weeks clearly have not taken a toll on Gov. Scott Walker’s rising star, and they may have actually contributed to his success in the polls.
According to the most recent poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac among Iowa voters, Walker has blasted well ahead of all other contenders to command a 25% lead. Though it’s still very early in the primary cycle, the results are significant for a number of reasons.
First, the rest of the pack trail Walker with a four-way horse race for second place ranging from 13% to 10% among Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. If Walker can hold on to that lead heading into the primary debates later this year, overtaking him could prove very difficult.
Likewise, Walker’s favorability is at 57% while his unfavorability rating is at a negligible 7%. The numbers are almost reverse of those garnered by Gov. Chris Christie. What’s more, 64% of respondents believe being governor better prepares a candidate to be president, compared to a mere 21% who believe being a U.S. Senator does.
Walker is quickly launching to frontrunner status on the RealClearPolitics polling average for the GOP nomination. One thing is for certain: this will certainly paint a bigger target on him. Let’s see how he hold up.