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News from Progress Michigan

October 7, 2021

Contact: Lonnie Scott,

New Poll: Michiganders See Through GOP’s Lies About Voting

MICHIGAN – On Wednesday, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion about a variety of political issues and public figures. This month’s report tackles the GOP’s anti-voter ballot initiative, the National Popular Vote Compact, accountability for utility companies, and more.

“Despite the MIGOP’s best efforts to deceive the public with Trump’s Big Lie, Michiganders continue to oppose efforts to restrict our voting rights,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Michigan voters believe in our freedom to vote, and we won’t let it go without a fight—regardless of the lies Michigan Republicans try to feed us. Meanwhile, Michiganders also recognize the truth about Republican lawmakers’ obstruction and political games, and voters across the state know who to blame if the federal government shuts down. This poll also shows strong support for holding big utility companies accountable for their failure to prevent power outages and provide consistent energy.”

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

  • 52 percent of respondents oppose the anti-voter ballot initiative being pushed by Republicans, while just 32 percent support the effort.
  • 48 percent of those polled think the winner of the presidential election should be the candidate who wins the popular vote, while 40 percent believe we should keep the electoral college system in place.
  • 36 percent of respondents would blame Republicans more in the event of a government shutdown, while 30 percent would blame Democrats more, 27 percent would blame both parties, and 7 percent are not sure.
  • 65 percent of those polled support holding utility companies accountable for a recent wave of power outages, compared to just 12 percent who oppose and 23 percent who are not sure.