Poll shows skepticism over Foxconn cost

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters, especially those outside of the Milwaukee area, are skeptical the Foxconn Technology Group project is worth the $3 billion in state incentives promised to the Taiwanese company if it meets employment and investment targets, a poll released Monday shows. That could be trouble for Gov. Scott Walker, who has touted the potentially $10 billion project  as transformational for the state as he runs for re-election this year. Even so, the Marquette University Law School poll found Walker’s approval rating to be holding steady from nine months ago, just before the Foxconn deal was announced. The poll found that statewide 49 percent of respondents think the $3 billion in state incentives is more than the project is worth, while 38 percent say Foxconn will be worth the cost. While a majority of voters statewide said they thought the plant would substantially improve the economy of the greater Milwaukee area, only 25 percent statewide said they thought businesses where they live would directly benefit from the plant.

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