Is Scott Walker Manipulating Job Data?

With the Wisconsin recall election just three weeks away, a new Marquette Law School Poll shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leading Democratic challenger Tom Barrett by six percentage points, up from his one point lead just three weeks ago.

But the push may be due less to Walker’s popularity than a statistical manipulation of his performance. In March, before the recall election primaries, Wisconsin witnessed the nation’s largest percentage decrease in employment.  Walker’s jump in the polls occurred just after this jobs report—one not used anywhere else in the nation because it doesn’t come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics—that ostensibly discredits all of the negative reports before it.  

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