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News from Progress Michigan

August 2, 2021

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

New Poll: Michiganders Weigh In On Anti-Voter Bills, COVID

Newsletter examines public opinion about issues affecting the state

MICHIGAN – On Monday, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks Michigan voters’ opinions about policy issues affecting the state.

“Despite the GOP’s best efforts, the majority of Michiganders aren’t buying the election lies and conspiracy theories Republican lawmakers have used as an excuse to push anti-voter bills,” said Sam Inglot, deputy director of Progress Michigan. “They also understand the need to continue to adapt as the COVID pandemic progresses and are willing and ready to do what’s necessary to contain the spread of the Delta variant. President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan remains popular among Michiganders, a majority of whom support raising taxes on the wealthy to fund changes that will benefit our communities. It’s past time for Michigan Republicans to ditch their attacks on our freedom to vote and get to work on the priorities Michiganders actually care about.”

Full results of the poll can be found here. Some key takeaways include:

  • Only 41 percent of respondents strongly or somewhat support Michigan Republicans’ anti-voter bill package, while 50 percent strongly or somewhat oppose their efforts.
  • 56 percent of respondents plan to wear masks in accordance with the latest CDC guidance, 62 percent know that the COVID vaccines are safe, and 65 percent are fully vaccinated.
  • 56 percent of those polled strongly or somewhat disapprove of the Republican-led legislature’s handling of COVID. Just 37 percent strongly or somewhat approve.
  • 73 percent of respondents know someone who has had the coronavirus and 45 percent have had someone they know die of the coronavirus.
  • 68 percent of those polled think the wealthy don’t pay enough taxes, compared to only 23 percent who believe they’re paying their fair share.
  • 51 percent of respondents said they’re very or somewhat unlikely to support former Detroit police chief James Craig in his bid for governor, while only 27 percent are very or somewhat likely to support him.