In fact, his numbers right now are more reminiscent of the Feingold victories of 1992, 1998 and 2004 than the Feingold rejection of 2010 (see chart).
In surveys by the Marquette University Law School, Feingold’s popularity ratings are better than almost any politician Marquette has asked about in its three and a half years of statewide polling. He led Johnson by 16 points in last month’s poll. He led by almost 20 points among independents — after losing them by 12 in 2010.
Even among Republicans, a sizable minority — 27% — viewed Feingold favorably. That may not sound like much, but it’s practically unheard of these days in a polarized state where big-name politicians get almost no support from voters in the other party.