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News from Progress Michigan

November 21, 2023

Contact: Denzel McCampbell,

New Poll: Voters Weigh in on Historic Legislature’s First Year

Every policy change mentioned garners majority support from respondents

MICHIGAN – On Tuesday, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion about policy issues and political figures in Michigan. This edition focuses on the slew of policy changes enacted by the Legislature this year.

“Michigan Republicans can complain all they want, but this year our historic Legislature passed an array of widely popular reforms, and voters are on board with their progressive vision for Michigan’s future,” said Denzel McCampbell, managing director of Progress Michigan. “From removing anti-union and anti-worker laws to passing evidence-backed gun violence prevention laws, Democratic lawmakers are putting our communities’ safety and wellbeing first, regardless of what corporate lobbyists and right-wing extremists have to say about it. Recent reforms in voting rights and education funding have also proven popular, because Michigan voters believe in our democracy and our future. This holiday season, Michigan families can enjoy the state favorite’s apple pie while knowing that Michigan is on a path to a more progressive and just future. ”

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

  • 79 percent of respondents support the increased funding levels in the education budget passed this year, including free breakfast and lunch for K-12 students. Only 18 percent oppose these changes.
  • 85 percent of those polled support the decision to stop taxing Michiganders’ pensions. Just 6 percent disapprove of removing this tax.
  • 72 percent of respondents support the gun violence prevention laws passed by the Michigan legislature this year. Just 24 percent oppose the changes.
  • 59 percent of those polled approve of the Reproductive Health Act, while 36 percent oppose the law.
  • 69 percent of respondents support the move to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include LGBTQ+ Michiganders, compared to just 24 percent who oppose.
  • 74 percent of those polled support the move to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, while 16 percent oppose the change.
  • 59 percent of respondents support the passage of legislation requiring utilities to draw from clean energy sources by 2040. 38 percent oppose the law.
  • 63 percent of those polled support providing support for farmers to fight the climate crisis and transition to sustainable farming, while 28 percent oppose the idea.
  • Apple pie has reigned supreme as the favorite pie in the state with 27 percent of choosing it as their favorite. Cherry pie came in second with 14 percent.