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News from Progress Michigan

Feburary 1, 2022

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

New Poll: Michigan’s Job Situation Rated ‘Strong’ by Large Majority 

Latest Lake Effect polling also indicates widespread support for abortion rights, disdain for Maddock and fake electors

MICHIGAN – On Monday, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion about a variety of political issues.

“Meshawn Maddock’s behavior as GOP co-chair has been abhorrent—and while many Michiganders are lucky enough not to be familiar with her, those who know the truth about her conduct understand that she needs to resign or be removed,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Voters also recognize just how sinister the MIGOP’s efforts to prop up false electors was and support full accountability for their attacks on our elections. Additionally, the poll shines a light on just how important reproductive rights and access to abortion are, as more than half of the respondents know at least one person who has had an abortion. Respondents overwhelmingly see the jobs outlook in Michigan as ‘strong,’ an encouraging sign after nearly two years of a global pandemic.”

Full results are available here. Some key takeaways include:

  • 51 percent of respondents say they know someone who has had an abortion, while 34 percent say they do not, and 12 percent say they’re not sure.
  • After hearing a definition of self-managed abortion, 45 percent of those polled believe it should be an option for pregnant people. 33 percent say it should not be, and 21 percent say they’re not sure.
  • 63 percent of respondents believe the job market in Michigan is either very strong or somewhat strong, compared to 28 percent who say it’s not strong at all.
  • 45 percent of respondents were not sure whether Meshawn Maddock should resign based on their knowledge, but 35 percent said she should resign and just 23 percent say she should not. After hearing more information about Maddock’s behavior, 50 percent of those polled said it made them more likely to support her resignation or removal.
  • 54 percent of those polled say the 16 Republicans who falsely posed as electors in the 2020 presidential election should be criminally charged, while just 26 percent say they should not be.