PPP's newest Wisconsin poll find voters in the state- both Republicans and the overall electorate- more enthused about a potential Paul Ryan bid for President in 2016 than one by Scott Walker.
27% of Republicans in the state say Ryan would be their top choice for President in 2016, followed by 14% for Walker, 12% for Chris Christie, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 8% each for Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, and 3% each for Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal. Asked straight up which of their home state politicians they'd rather see as the GOP nominee, 47% pick Ryan to 38% for Walker.
Ryan also fares better than Walker when it comes to matching up with Hillary Clinton. Ryan ties her at 46, while Walker trails by a 49/44 spread. In both cases the Republicans are polling 8 points better than they did when we last polled Wisconsin in February. At that time Clinton led Ryan 51/43 and Walker 54/41.
Clinton leads the rest of the Republicans we tested her against by varying margins- it's 3 points over Chris Christie at 43/40, 4 points over Jeb Bush at 46/42, 5 points over Rand Paul at 47/42, and 11 points over Ted Cruz at 48/37. She also continues to have a commanding lead over the Democratic primary field, getting 50% to 20% for Russ Feingold, 11% for Joe Biden, 4% for Elizabeth Warren, 3% for Cory Booker, and 2% for Andrew Cuomo. Clinton's been at 50% or above everywhere we've polled, even when there have been home state candidates in the mix.
Other notes from Wisconsin:
-After word leaked of his first failed drug test Ryan Braun remained popular in Wisconsin, registering at a 59/7 favorability rating in February of 2012. Voters in the state have had enough following the latest round of revelations though, and now his numbers stand at a 15/39 spread.
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, Brett Favre's image has taken a huge turn in the right direction. In December of 2010 we found that only 26% of voters in the state had a positive opinion of him, with 55% holding an unfavorable one. But now his favorability is back up to 50/28 as his Vikings/Jets days fade from voters' minds. He still has a long way to go to catch up with his replacement Aaron Rodgers though, who stands at 75/7.
When it comes to former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema the response is who? In the fall of 2011 56% of voters in the state had an opinion about him and his favorability was 48/8. Now only 27% have an opinion and his favorability's cratered to 6/21.
Full results here