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Post-Election Wisconsin Economic Scorecard November 2012

The most recent Wisconsin Economic Scorecard, a survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, finds a majority of residents (64%) feel Wisconsin is headed in the right direction after the November election.


Highlights include:

  • Post‐election, evaluations of Wisconsin’s recent economic performance have improved dramatically among those who describe their personal financial situations as “fair” or “poor.”

  • Post‐election opinion about Wisconsin’s economic outlook is mixed, with Republican‐aligned residents expressing pessimism after GOP defeats at the federal level and union members expressing pessimism after Republicans expanded control over the state government.

  • About 46% of Wisconsin residents feel that Republican control of the state legislature will yield benefits for the state economy, while 38% feel it will make the economy worse. Political independents are more likely to see Republican control of the state legislature as beneficial.

  • Despite its recent struggles, a small majority of Wisconsin residents (52%) remain confident that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will succeed in bringing jobs to the state.

  • Just 45% of Wisconsin residents would support a federal budget agreement involving congressional Republicans abandoning opposition to upper‐class tax increases in exchange for Democrats allowing reductions in entitlement spending.

For more findings and methodology, view the report here.

The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard
is a quarterly poll of Wisconsin residents conducted by the UWM Center for Urban Initiatives and Research in cooperation with Milwaukee public radio station WUWM and