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News from Progress Michigan

April 12, 2023

Contact: Sam Inglot,

New Poll: Michigan Voters Say Tax the Rich

Results also show strong support for gun violence prevention, right-to-repair

MICHIGAN – On Tuesday, 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 digs into voters’ thoughts about gun violence prevention laws, increasing taxes on the wealthy, and the right-to-repair.

“I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but Michiganders have made it clear once again that they support our lawmakers making gun violence prevention laws a priority,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “In addition to the evidence-based laws the legislature has already taken up, voters understand that banning firearms at polling locations and in the Capitol is critical to ensuring everyone can make their voice heard safely, without fear of intimidation or harm. When it comes to taxes, voters have left the archaic trickle-down mindset of the 1980s behind and are ready to see the wealthy pay what they owe, and do their part to ensure our communities can thrive. It’s also no surprise to see that Michiganders support the right-to-repair, which aims to empower people to repair their own equipment—including automobiles, farm equipment, and digital devices—instead of relying on manufacturers to fix things when they malfunction.”

Additional poll results are available here. Some key takeaways include:

  • 68 percent of respondents support balancing Michigan’s tax system so that wealthy Michiganders pay more in taxes, while just 20 percent oppose.
  • 59 percent of those polled support the billionaire tax proposed by President Biden, compared to just 29 percent in opposition.
  • 65 percent of respondents support prohibiting firearms at polling places and absent counting boards. 60 percent support prohibiting firearms for everyone other than law enforcement at the Michigan Capitol.
  • 81 percent of those polled support right-to-repair legislation, while just 5 percent oppose.