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News from Progress Michigan

December 11, 2023

Contact: Denzel McCampbell,

New Poll: Voters’ Holiday Wishlist Includes More Progressive Legislation in 2024

Michiganders are ready to build on the progress made this year

MICHIGAN – To close out a year of Lake Effect poll newsletters, Progress Michigan released a December edition focused on progressive policies that will be up for discussion in the new year.

“It’s been an incredible year for Michigan, and we are proud of the accomplishments of our lawmakers in Lansing,” said Denzel McCampbell, managing director of Progress Michigan. “As we turn to the holiday season, while Michiganders are split on whether Die Hard is a holiday movie, they are making it clear that more progressive legislation is on their holiday wish list. Michiganders are ready to rein in corporate greed with policies like polluter pay laws and caps on prescription drug prices, because we know public health is more important than profits. Folks across the state also showed strong support for criminal justice reforms, including bills to expand the rights of sexual abuse survivors and increasing oversight and accountability for law enforcement. And, of course, transparency and accountability are as popular as ever, with a majority of voters supporting FOIA expansion to include the governor’s office and the Legislature.”

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

  • 81 percent of respondents support polluter pay laws, while just 10 percent oppose the idea.
  • 85 percent of respondents support expanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to cover the Legislature and governor’s office. Just 4 percent are in opposition.
  • 79 percent of those polled support increasing financial oversight of charter schools that receive state funding, compared to just 13 percent in opposition.
  • 78 percent of those polled support creating a board to place caps on prescription drug prices, compared to just 16 percent in opposition.
  • 69 percent of respondents support implementing 15 weeks of paid family leave, while 27 percent oppose the policy.
  • 75 percent of those polled support policies to improve police accountability, while 21 percent are in opposition.
  • 75 percent of respondents support expanding sexual abuse survivors’ rights by removing the statute of limitations for civil action. 19 percent oppose the measure.
  • 68 percent of those polled support changing how the state awards business incentives to ensure local communities benefit. 17 percent oppose this change.
  • 61 percent of those polled support the creation of a homeless bill of rights to protect  unhoused people, compared to 30 percent in opposition.
  • 66 percent of respondents support creating a statewide, income-based water affordability program, while 26 percent oppose this change.