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News from Progress Michigan

July 11, 2022

Contact: Sam Inglot, 

New Poll: Michiganders Stand Firm on Reproductive Freedom

Newsletter also shows strong support for gun violence prevention laws, protecting Great Lakes

MICHIGAN – On Thursday, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion about a variety of issues and political figures in Michigan. This month’s issue deals heavily with the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the resulting fallout.

“The Republican Party’s ongoing attacks on abortion access are dangerous and alarming, but this poll proves once again that those who want to take away reproductive freedom are just a vocal minority,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “The majority of Michiganders believe everyone has the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health, and no court decision will dissuade us from fighting for that fundamental right. This poll also reaffirms that Michiganders overwhelmingly support common-sense gun violence prevention measures, a sign that Michigan lawmakers should follow President Biden and Congress’s lead on the issue. When it comes to our environment and public health, Michiganders want leaders who will stand up to corporate polluters and protect our natural resources.”

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

  • 53 percent of respondents oppose the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, while just 38 percent support it.
  • 58 percent of those polled support overturning Michigan’s pre-Roe abortion ban, compared to just 28 percent who want to keep the law in place.
  • 56 percent of respondents support Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws, with just 25 percent opposed. For safe storage legislation, those numbers are 63 percent supporting, 23 percent opposed.
  • 61 percent of respondents say they’re more likely to vote for an attorney general candidate who will fight to hold corporate polluters accountable, while only 6 percent say that stance would make them less likely to vote for a candidate.
  • 58 percent of those polled believe the 2020 election was legitimate, while just 29 percent say the results were not legitimate.