The Lid: Bargain Hunter Scott Walker's Poll Numbers on Discount

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Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to reporters after a meet and greet visit to the Highland Park Soda Fountain in Dallas, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)LM Otero / AP

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By Carrie Dann

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Scott Walker had it all: biography, geography, executive experience, a record of wins and enough superPAC cash to buy a heck of a lot of $1 Kohls sweaters. (Though since campaigns and superPACs can’t coordinate, finding the right color and size can be an issue!) So how did he go from leading - decisively! - in Iowa polls in mid-July to earning just three percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll in the caucus state? It doesn’t seem to be that Iowa voters *like* him less. His net favorable rating in the Q-poll is almost unchanged since May, and his numbers on being honest/trustworthy and understanding regular voters have only slipped a little bit. (He took a slightly bigger hit on “leadership qualities” over the summer.) Apart from his obvious unforced errors on policy questions, we see two more structural problems. One: waffling answers on issues - particularly on immigration - never sit well with a GOP electorate even without Trump in the mix (a man who has said he CAN’T REMEMBER the last time he apologized for anything.) And two: Walker’s first rise to fame came after a fiery Iowa speech that seemed to put to rest concerns that the Wisconsin governor was too boring for primetime. In the Trump world, “boring” has a completely different meaning -- and until the entertainment part of 2016 is recalibrated (if it is at all!), even a fired-up Scott Walker has little chance of recapturing voters’ imaginations.

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