Marquette poll: Clinton's lead over Trump grows

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (D), left, and Donald Trump (R). (WLUK graphic)

(WLUK) --A Marquette University Law School poll, released Wednesday, shows Clinton's lead increasing over Donald Trump among registered voters.

Hillary Clinton is up in the latest poll, but her lead over Donald Trump in Wisconsin has remained constant over the past couple of months.

St. Norbert College political science professor Wendy Scattergood says it's still too early to tell which candidate is going to win the state.

"It is going to depend on turnout and actually who shows up on the day," she said.

Marquette Law School's poll looks at likely and registered voters. The poll was conducted with 805 registered Wisconsin voters answering questions with a margin of error plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.

Six hundred eighty-three of those people said they were likely to vote in November.

This month, among registered voters Clinton leads Trump 46 percent to 36 percent.

Last month, Clinton lead Trump 43 percent to 37 percent.

The gap widens to a 15 percentage point difference among those who say they're likely to vote in November.

The poll also surveyed at how registered voters feel about Clinton and Trump.

As for Clinton, 53 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable view of Clinton while 43 percent view her as favorable.

Last month, Clinton's numbers were 58 percent unfavorable and 36 percent favorable.

This month 65 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable view of Trump compared 27 percent favorable.

Last month the numbers were 63 unfavorable and 29 percent favorable.

So why is Clinton leading the poll with both candidates aren't favored by Wisconsin voters?

Scattergood says it's based on the questions asked in the poll, like which candidate is qualified to be president.

"It's by far a much bigger margin for Hillary Clinton that she's qualified to be president," said Scattergood.

In a presidential year, Wisconsin hasn't backed a Republican since Ronald Reagan.

Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes. Scattergood says some voters still haven't decided between Trump or Clinton.

"They feel it's their civic duty to vote and are going to show up but they may make up there minds at the polls last minute," Scattergood said.

She adds, the upcoming presidential debates will also be an important factor.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Russ Feingold leads Republican Sen. Ron Johnson 53-42 percent among likely voters, and 49-43 percent among all registered Wisconsin voters.

The poll was conducted by phone Aug. 4 through Sunday, sampling 805 registered Wisconsin voters with a margin of error of

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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