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News from Progress Michigan

July 8, 2021

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

New Poll: Michiganders Support Probe Into Insurrection, Militias

Voters want real action to combat right-wing extremism and build back better 

MICHIGAN – On Thursday, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion about a variety of issues and public officials. 

 “Voters are demanding answers about the recent rise of right-wing extremists and militia groups in Michigan, as well as their ties to the insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Meanwhile, Michiganders are looking ahead and expressing their support for President Biden’s infrastructure plan, which would help our state not only recover after these tough times, but also build a brighter future for our state. It’s past time for Michigan Republicans to leave 2020 behind, stop attacking our voting rights, and get to work on policies that will actually benefit the people.”

Full results of the poll are available here. Some key takeaways include:

  • 53 percent of respondents support an investigation into ties between Michigan lawmakers, right-wing militia groups, and the January 6 insurrection. Only 25 percent oppose such an investigation.
  • 47 percent of those polled say they’d be less likely to support candidates who have spread false narratives about widespread voter fraud in 2020, compared to 23 percent who would be more likely to support such a candidate and 22 percent who say it makes no difference.
  • 40 percent of respondents say they’re less likely to support anti-voter bills that make voting more difficult in light of the Senate Elections Committee report that found the 2020 election was secure and accurate. 27 percent say the report makes them more likely to support the bills, while 26 percent say it makes no difference.
  • 54 percent of those polled say video footage of gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley allegedly at the January 6 insurrection makes them less likely to support him, compared to 15 percent who are more likely to support him and 19 percent who say it doesn’t make a difference.
  • 51 percent of respondents support President Biden’s infrastructure plan, while just 34 percent oppose the plan and 14 percent say they’re not sure.