News from Progress Michigan

June 8, 2022

Contact: Lonnie Scott,

New Poll: Michiganders Support Gun Reforms, Stand Firm on Abortion Rights

Voters also weigh in on signature forgery, competing tax plans, and election funding

MICHIGAN – On Wednesday, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion in Michigan about a variety of issues and political figures. This month’s edition includes questions about gun violence prevention, abortion rights, opinions on tax plans, and more.

“It’s rare for Michiganders across the political spectrum to agree on policies, but we’ve found broad consensus when it comes to common sense gun reforms,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Whether they’re asked about the general idea of gun violence prevention laws or given specific information about ERPO and safe storage laws, an overwhelming majority of voters agree our lawmakers need to act. They’re also standing firm on keeping abortion legal in Michigan even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, so that every Michigander’s reproductive freedom is safe. When it comes to our lawmakers’ use of the current budget surplus, voters prefer Gov. Whitmer’s approach of a tax rebate over Republican legislators’ regressive tax plan.”

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

  • 55 percent of respondents support lawmakers enacting common-sense gun reforms, while just 27 percent are in opposition.
  • 67 percent of those polled support safe storage legislation, compared to just 16 percent who oppose the measure.
  • 64 percent of respondents support extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws. 21 percent are opposed.
  • 54 percent of respondents support efforts to keep abortion legal in Michigan, while 30 percent oppose these efforts.
  • 45 percent of those polled support allocating the additional election administration funds requested by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, compared to 30 percent who oppose the allocation.
  • 44 percent of respondents prefer Gov. Whitmer’s tax rebate proposal over the GOP’s income tax reduction plan, while 40 percent favor the Republican approach.