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News from Progress Michigan

December 9, 2022

Contact: Sam Inglot,

New Poll: Michiganders Weigh in on Policy Priorities Post-Election

Voters look forward to progress on abortion rights, labor, LGBTQ+ equality, and more

MICHIGAN – On Friday, 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. 2022’s final edition digs into voters’ attitudes on policy priorities in the wake of a historic midterm election. Results of this month’s poll are available here.

“For the 15 years Progress Michigan has existed, we’ve spent our time and resources doing everything we could to prevent the Republican legislative majority from taking our state backwards—but now, we finally have a chance to make real progress on the issues voters care about,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “This November, voters made their voices heard at the ballot box in support of abortion access, labor rights, LGBTQ+ equality, and strong public schools, but electing new progressive leaders was only the first step. I am confident that those women from Michigan and our newly elected legislative majorities will show up and deliver on their promises to Michigan voters, and I look forward to everything we’ll accomplish together in the new year and beyond.”

Those surveyed were given a series of legislative priorities and asked whether they support or oppose each one. These were the results:

  • Gun violence prevention laws: 59 percent support, 33 percent oppose
  • Repealing tax on retirement savings: 75 percent support, 10 percent oppose
  • Repealing Right to Work: 42 percent support, 26 percent oppose (31 percent not sure)
  • Amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act: 51 percent support, 34 percent oppose
  • Bills to combat climate change: 56 percent support, 38 percent oppose
  • Repealing Michigan’s pre-Roe abortion ban: 56 percent support, 34 percent oppose
  • Teacher retention bonuses: 60 percent support, 31 percent oppose
  • Expanding affordable early childhood education: 74 percent support, 19 percent oppose
  • Repealing the tipped minimum wage: 71 percent support, 21 percent oppose
  • Debt relief and land grant programs for farmers of color: 52 percent support, 36 percent oppose
  • Providing resources for farmers to pursue climate-smart agriculture: 73 percent support, 20 percent oppose
  • Representing independent family farmers and holding mega corporations accountable: 79 percent support, 8 percent oppose