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News from Progress Michigan

October 17, 2023

Contact: Denzel McCampbell, (313) 400-0298,

New Poll: Michigan Voters Stand in Solidarity with the UAW

Newsletter digs into public opinion on gun violence prevention, voting rights policies

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 public figures. This month’s poll includes questions about voting rights, the UAW strike, gun violence prevention, and more.

“The public has made it clear: Michigan is a pro-worker state, and we stand with UAW workers fighting for a fair deal, because record profits for CEOs should mean record contracts for the workers who make those profits possible,” said Denzel McCampbell, Managing Director of Progress Michigan. “It’s also no surprise to see voters show such strong support for evidence-backed gun violence prevention laws that will help keep our communities, including survivors of domestic abuse, safe. And, just as the passage of pro-voter proposals in 2018 and 2022 showed, Michiganders continue to support strong protections for all of our voting rights. At the same time, voters are united with farmers across the state in demanding Right to Repair laws that will help spare independent farmers the excessive costs and lengths that come with wealthy corporations holding the diagnostics, tools, and parts they need for their own equipment hostage.”

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

  • 66 percent of respondents support the current UAW strike, while just 26 percent oppose it.
  • 71 percent of those polled, including 66 percent of those who live in a household with a gun, support legislation to prevent convicted domestic abusers from accessing firearms. Only 15 percent oppose the law.
  • 80 percent of respondents support legislation to ensure schools and childcare facilities have safe drinking water.
  • 59 percent of those surveyed support the creation of a Michigan Voting Rights Act to safeguard access to the ballot, while 20 percent oppose the effort.
  • 82 percent of respondents support “Right to Repair” legislation that would save farmers and ranchers time and money when repairing their own equipment. 
  • 61 percent of those polled support legislation that would ban firearms at polling locations while voting happens. This includes 59 percent of those who live in a household with a gun.