Scott Walker debate adv (copy)

Republican presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker announced he is ditching his presidential campaign at The Edgewater in Madison last week.

Gov. Scott Walker's approval ratings took a sharp hit during his short-lived presidential campaign. A little more than a week after exiting the race, he still has a way to go to repair his image with Wisconsin voters.

Walker's approval rating among Wisconsinites is 37 percent, according to a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday. The poll is the first since Walker ended his presidential campaign on Sept. 21, conducted Sept. 24-28.

That's a slight decrease from last month, when his approval dipped below 40 percent for the first time in the poll's history. In the only Marquette poll conducted during Walker's official candidacy, Walker's approval rating was 39 percent among Wisconsin voters in the poll released Aug. 20.

In Wednesday's poll, 62 percent of voters said they don't want the governor to run for a third term, while 35 percent said they would support it.

After officially launching his candidacy on July 13, Walker spent just one day in July in-state on official business, the Associated Press reported earlier this week. Walker's calendars for August and September have not yet been released, but he spent much of those months campaigning across the country, focusing on early-vote states like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

Since the abrupt demise of his campaign, Walker has returned to having a more visible presence in-state, holding several public events and speaking in favor of a Republican proposal to overhaul the state's civil service system

He told reporters his strategy for the remainder of his second term as governor is to "be there."

"I think all of us know in a relationship you can say all you want but the best way to make that case is to be there," he told reporters last week.

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Jessie Opoien is the Capital Times' opinion editor. She joined the Cap Times in 2013, covering state government and politics for the bulk of her time as a reporter. She has also covered music, culture and education in Madison and Oshkosh.