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News from Progress Michigan

January 14, 2022

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

New Poll: Michiganders Show Strong Support for Minimum Wage Bump, Abortion Rights

Monthly newsletter examines sentiment around January 6, along with several other issues

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

“Once again, the polling shows that Michiganders see through Republican lawmakers’ lies about voting rights, minimum wage, and abortion,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “With abortion rights constantly under attack by right-wing extremists, it’s encouraging to see such widespread support for reproductive freedom here in Michigan. At the same time, Michiganders are justifiably concerned about the impact that the January 6 insurrection had on our country, and easily connect the dots between that terrorist attack and Republicans efforts to dismantle voting rights in Michigan and across the country. This survey, like many before it, shows how out of touch Republican leadership in the Michigan Legislature are with the average Michigander.”

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

  • 53 percent of respondents agree that events like the January 6 insurrection are a threat to our democracy, and 55 percent are either very concerned or somewhat concerned about a similar event occurring again.
  • 58 percent of those polled believe there is a strong connection or some connection between the January 6 insurrection and nationwide efforts to restrict voting rights. Only 28 percent said they believe there is no connection.
  • 56 percent of those polled strongly or somewhat support a ballot initiative to protect abortion rights, while just 33 percent strongly or somewhat oppose the effort
  • 63 percent of respondents would support an initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2027.
  • 64 percent of those polled strongly or somewhat support efforts to address the effect COVID-19 has had on women in the workforce with policies such as universal childcare, paid family leave, and on-the-job flexibility.