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News from Progress Michigan

April 2, 2020

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Progress Michigan Announces ‘Lake Effect’ Monthly Public Research Newsletter

Surveys from Public Policy Polling will track public opinion in MI

MICHIGAN — In partnership with Public Policy Polling, Progress Michigan announced the creation of “Lake Effect,” a research newsletter that will track public opinion in Michigan. Lake Effect will break down the results of monthly surveys that cover important issues and public figures in the state and provide readers with key takeaways and analysis.

The first newsletter is now public and can be found here. Broadly, the survey shows a majority of Michiganders are satisfied with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, with 62 percent of respondents approving of Gov. Whitmer’s performance and only 46 percent approving of President Trump’s. When directly asked which official has handled the pandemic better, Gov. Whitmer beats out President Trump 47-42.

The survey also found increased support among Michigan voters for legislators who support paid sick leave and widespread concern about the economic effects of COVID-19. Other key takeaways include potential Democratic candidate Joe Biden leading President Trump in the state 48-45, while sitting Senator Gary Peters leads challenger John James by a margin of 45-38.

“The people of Michigan deserve real leadership from their elected officials, especially during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lonnie Scott, Executive Director of Progress Michigan. “Gov. Whitmer has listened to scientists and done her best to protect the people of Michigan, while President Trump has focused on feeding his own ego and passing the blame to his political opponents—and this survey reflects that. We’re excited to kick off the Lake Effect project, and we hope the newsletters will serve as a resource for people and reporters across the state.”