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News from Progress Michigan

June 22, 2023

Contact: Denzel McCampbell, 313-400-0298,

New Poll: Michiganders Continue to Support Safe, Inclusive Communities

Gun violence prevention and LGBTQ+ equality highly popular among voters

MICHIGAN – On Thursday, Progress Michigan released the latest issue of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks voters’ opinions about a variety of political issues and policies. This month’s edition includes questions about LGBTQ+ equality, gun violence prevention, and the national popular vote.

“Despite what the MAGA extremists within the Michigan GOP would have you believe, Michiganders believe in safe, inclusive communities,” said Sam Inglot, executive director of Progress Michigan. “LGBTQ+ people are valued members of our communities and we will fight tooth and nail against hateful efforts to erase their identities or strip away their rights. At the same time, voters are ready and willing to invest public funds into addressing the root causes of gun violence, including poverty, mental health issues, and a lack of affordable housing.”

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

  • 61 percent of respondents support banning conversion therapy for minors. Just 21 percent oppose banning it.
  • 55 percent of those polled support efforts to make schools inclusive of LGBTQ+ kids, while just 31 percent oppose them.
  • 81 percent of respondents are very or somewhat likely to support policies that address the root causes of gun violence, including poverty, housing, and mental health.
  • When given a list of policies Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed, 54 percent of those polled say they strongly or somewhat support that list of accomplishments, while 44 percent strongly or somewhat oppose them.
  • 62 percent of respondents believe the candidate who wins the popular vote in a presidential election should win the presidency. 24 percent disagree.
  • 65 percent of those polled support ensuring public workers have the same bargaining rights as private workers, while 22 percent oppose the initiative.
  • 56 percent of respondents support bills that would guarantee 15 weeks of paid family leave to deal with family or medical issues, while 31 percent oppose the bills.