The National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) is out with a new internal poll this week showing incumbent GOP U.S. Senator Ron Johnson leading his Democratic rival Mandela Barnes by 4 percentage points. The results are within the poll’s margin of error, which is +/- 3.6%. The poll was conducted by OnMessage Inc. September 11-13 and found 49% of likely voters supported Johnson while 45% supported Barnes. The poll surveyed 800 likely voters using live callers. FiveThirtyEight rates OnMessage Inc. a B/C pollster.

According to, the OnMessage Inc. poll also found:

  • 44.1% supported a generic Republican for Congress, while 43% supported a Dem.
  • 27.4% said the nation is moving in the right direction, while 64.5% said it’s on the wrong track.
  • 43.6% had a favorable impression of President Joe Biden, while 51.6% had an unfavorable one.

The results of the poll track with a recent Marquette University Law School Poll conducted September 6-11 that also showed Johnson gaining ground on Barnes. In that poll, Johnson was supported by 49% of likely voters while 48% backed Barnes.

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