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April 11, 2022

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Abortion Rights, Whitmer Policies Popular Among Michigan Voters

Polling shows support for governor’s infrastructure plan, tax cut vetoes

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 and public officials.

“Despite the GOP’s best efforts to undermine Gov. Whitmer and attack abortion rights, Michigan voters stand firmly behind the governor’s efforts to make our state stronger,” said Sam Inglot, deputy director of Progress Michigan. “From her Building Michigan Together infrastructure plan to her move to veto Republican lawmakers’ tax cuts for the rich, voters across the state agree Gov. Whitmer is on the right track. And, judging by the strong support shown for abortion rights in this poll, it’s safe to assume they’ll be on board with the lawsuit she announced on Thursday to defend abortion access in our state.”

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

  • 41 percent of respondents support Gov. Whitmer’s move to veto tax cuts passed by Republican lawmakers, compared to 40 percent who oppose the veto. When respondents were given more information about the nature of the tax bill, support for the veto increased.
  • 66 percent of those polled are very or somewhat concerned about the abortion ban that will take effect in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
  • 77 percent of respondents strongly or somewhat oppose the practice of passing ballot initiatives through the legislature without a vote by the people, compared to just 13 percent who strongly or somewhat support it.
  • 55 percent of those polled strongly or somewhat support Governor Whitmer’s Building Michigan Together plan, while just 29 percent strongly or somewhat oppose the plan. The individual components of the plan garnered even stronger support.
  • 42 percent of respondents say they’re less likely to support candidates endorsed by Donald Trump, while just 27 percent say Trump’s endorsement makes them more likely to support a candidate.