Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley holds a small lead over Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, but a week before the election one in six voters are still undecided, according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll.
Bradley tops Kloppenburg 41-36 percent in the latest poll, with 18 percent undecided. In February both candidates were tied at 30 percent, with 31 percent undecided.
The poll is the first since reports earlier this month of Bradley’s caustic writings as a Marquette University student 24 years ago in which she called AIDS patients and homosexuals degenerates, compared abortion to the Holocaust and slavery, and wrote that an author legitimately suggested women play a role in date rape. Bradley apologized for what she wrote about AIDS patients and homosexuals.
Poll director Charles Franklin noted support strongly correlates to party preference. Among likely Republican primary voters, Bradley leads 69-11 with 17 percent undecided. Among likely Democratic primary voters, Kloppenburg leads 64-12 with 17 percent undecided.
The poll also found more than a third of likely voters don’t know enough about the candidates to form an opinion. A third have a favorable view of Bradley, while 28 percent have an unfavorable view, and 30 percent hold a favorable view of Kloppenburg while 35 percent have an unfavorable view.
“Neither of them has run away with great favorability nor lost massively with great unfavorability,” Franklin said. “Coupled with that high percentage of those who are undecided … there’s still a decent amount of uncertainty about how this last six days are going to shape up.”