38% of Voters from Union Households Voted for Walker

by SUSAN JONES June 6, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says "there's no doubt" that union members were among those who voted to keep him in office in Tuesday's recall election.

The network exit poll for the special election showed that Walker won the votes of 38 percent of voters who said they were a union member or lived in a household with a union member.

"I'm talking to workers here this morning, talked to a lot of manufacturers across the state over the last year and a half, but particularly the last months in  this campaign, and I find that at plant after plant, there are construction workers and others in manufacturing who appreciate the fact that we turned our state around. And I think they wanted more of that in the future," Walker told Fox & Friends Wednesday morning. "They wanted us to go forward."

The exit poll showing that Walker got 38 percent of the vote from people living in union households was conducted by Edison Research for ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, Fox News and the Associated Press.

Walker said he's heard voters complain for years that when politicians get into office, they're not willing to take on the tough challenges.

"What we did was inherently about taking on those tough challenges -- about taking on the things that not only made it difficult at the state level, but at the local level, to balance our budget; and in doing so, we thought more about that next generation... than just the next election. And I think voters rewarded us for that.

"They said loudly, not just in Wisconsin, but I think across the country, if you do the right thing, if you make the right choices, voters will stand with you."

Walker said Gov Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was one of the first people to congratulate him on his victory: "I think the best thing he can do between now and November...is to get out and make a very compelling case about how he's willing to take on the tough challenges."

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