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News from Progress Michigan

September 10, 2021

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

New Poll: Majority of Michiganders Support Action to Slow the Spread of COVID

Voters across the state understand the importance of masks, vaccines, to protect public health

MICHIGAN – On Friday, Progress Michigan released the latest issue of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion about a variety of issues affecting the state. This month, the report examines attitudes about COVID prevention strategies as cases spike once again, as well as Michigan’s new independent citizen-led redistricting process.

“Michiganders value the health and safety of our communities, and people across the state are ready to do what it takes to protect their friends, neighbors, and loved ones,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Despite the opposition of an extremely vocal minority, we must use every tool at our disposal to continue to fight COVID and keep our communities safe. Meanwhile, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) continues its work to create fair, nonpartisan maps after decades of gerrymandering that suppressed the voices of Michigan voters. It is imperative that we support this process and work to ensure the resulting maps will accurately represent voters across the state.”

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

  • 65 percent of respondents are fully vaccinated, 2 percent are partially vaccinated, and 3 percent plan to get vaccinated. 20 percent say they will not get the vaccine, while 10 percent say they’re not sure.
  • 61 percent of those polled believe the coronavirus vaccines are safe, compared to 20 percent who believe they’re not safe and 19 percent who are not sure.
  • 39 percent of respondents say that vaccinations should be required to attend indoor public events and 23 percent say businesses should be allowed to set rules requiring proof of vaccination. Just 36 percent oppose any effort to require vaccination.
  • 39 percent of those polled do not believe Michigan’s current legislative districts accurately represent their communities, while 30 percent believe they are fairly represented. 31 percent are unsure.
  • When asked whether they believe the MICRC will produce fair maps, 42 percent of respondents said they’re not sure, while 23 percent said yes and 35 percent said no.