Survey finds 71 percent of Wisconsites view Walker's spending proposal as 'fair' 

A survey of 500 likely voters in Wisconsin found 71 percent saying Gov. Scott Walker's two major budget proposals to require public employees in the Badger State to pay more for their pensions and health care benefits are "fair," according to

The survey, which has a 4.5 percent + or minus margin of error, was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on Feb. 21.

While 71 percent of the respondents said Walker's proposal to require public employees to pay 5.8 percent of their salaries toward pensions and 12.6 percent toward health care benefits as fair, 22 percent said the proposals were not fair. Another seven percent weren't sure one way or the other.

The results were significantly more evenly divided on other aspects of the Battle of Wisconsin, however, with respondents virtually in a dead heat in terms of supporting or opposing the major players. An even 50 percent view Walker either somewhat favorably or very favorably, while 49 percent have the same views of the public employees who have been demonstrating against the governor for more than  a week.

More than two-thirds of the respondents, 68 percent, said President Obama spend his time focusing on the federal budget rather than becoming involved in the Wisconsin debate.

Among the 500 respondents, 46 percent voted for Walker, while 54 percent voted for his Democratic opponent or another candidate last November.

For more from the survey, go here.



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