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News from Progress Michigan

November 5, 2021

Contact: Sam Inglot,

Michiganders Continue to Support Voting Rights, Stand with Workers

Latest pollings finds strong support for striking workers, opposition to anti-voter initiatives

MICHIGAN – On Friday, Progress Michigan released the latest issue of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks Michigan voters’ opinions about various issues and political figures. 

“Time and time again, Michiganders have made it clear that we support the freedom to vote and believe in providing options for how and when voters can cast their ballots,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Despite the Michigan GOP’s best efforts to mislead the public, voters aren’t buying The Big Lie and instead stand firmly in favor of protecting our voting rights. Meanwhile, folks across the state are expressing their support for workers on strike to secure a better future for themselves and their communities. The people of Michigan will not stand for Republicans’ voter suppression efforts or attacks on working people.”

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

  • 74 percent of poll respondents strongly or somewhat approve of workers going on strike for better working conditions, while just 17 percent strongly or somewhat disapprove.
  • A series of questions asked respondents whether specific policies contained in the Secure MI Vote proposal made them more or less likely to support the initiative. The results were as follows:
    • Taking away voting options by making Michigan’s voter ID law more strict: 34 percent more likely, 42 percent less likely
    • Banning election officials from using volunteers to help run elections: 20 percent more likely, 40 percent less likely
    • Banning the use of donated spaces such as places of worship for polling locations: 13 percent more likely, 47 percent less likely
    • Removing sources of funding such as nonprofit grants for local elections: 26 percent more likely, 37 percent less likely
  • 47 percent of respondents strongly or somewhat support Gov. Whitmer’s decision to veto two of Republican legislators’ anti-voter bills, while just 37 percent strongly or somewhat oppose the move.
  • 63 percent of those polled believe the legislature should provide funding to replace lead pipes in Benton Harbor, compared to 16 percent who disagree.