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News from Progress Michigan

November 1, 2022

Contact: Sam Inglot,

New Poll: Voters Believe in Election Processes, Want Every Vote Counted

Key ballot proposals see majority support in the leadup to Election Day

MICHIGAN – On Tuesday, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks Michigan voters’ opinions about important issues and political figures. This month’s issue focuses heavily on the upcoming election.

“As Election Day approaches, one thing is abundantly clear: Michigan voters believe in fair elections and they want to see every vote counted—despite the GOP’s repeated attempts to sow discord and undermine trust in our democracy,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Of course, we must stay vigilant, as the Republican Party is currently working with conspiracy theorists to recruit volunteers who are willing to intimidate voters and disrupt the election process. In more encouraging news, more voters support ballot proposals 1, 2, and 3 than oppose them, so I’m hopeful we’ll see significant progress on reproductive freedom, voting rights, and transparency in the near future.”

Poll results are available here. Some key takeaways include:

  • 82 percent of respondents agree that every vote should be counted, no matter how long that takes.
  • 68 percent of those polled agree that losing candidates should accept the results of the election, regardless of who wins.
  • 53 percent of respondents say they’re very or somewhat concerned about extremist groups’ efforts to recruit election deniers to be part of the election process. Just 38 percent say they’re not concerned.
  • When told about ballot Proposal 1, 53 percent of respondents say they’ll vote yes, while 28 percent say they’ll vote no and 19 percent say they’re not sure.
  • Proposal 2 also garnered majority support from those polled, with 53 percent saying they’ll vote yes, 34 percent saying they’ll vote no, and 13 percent saying they’re not sure.
  • Voters were also asked about ballot Proposal 3. In response, 49 percent of voters say they’ll vote yes, 40 percent say they’ll vote no, and 10 percent say they’re not sure.