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POLL: Who could be leading the race for Michigan's Governor, U.S. Senate

LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A new poll shows Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette in the lead for the race for governor.

EPIC MRA asked more than 1,000 likely voters to give their opinion about each candidate running for governor in the primary.

When asked which of the four Republican candidates survey takers have already voted for by absentee ballot, or intend to vote for on election day:

33%

Bill Schuette

18%

Brian Calley

10%

Patrick Colbeck

6%

Jim Hines

33%

Undecided/Unsure

 

If undecided, if the election were held today and you had to pick right now, which candidate would you lean toward:

42%

Bill Schuette

24%

Brian Calley

11%

Patrick Colbeck

8%

Jim Hines

15%

Undecided/Unsure

 

When asked which of the Democratic candidates survey takers have already voted for by absentee ballot, or intend to vote for on election day:

42%

Gretchen Whitmer

19%

Shri Thanedar

15%

Abdul El-Sayed

24%

Undecided/Unsure

 

If undecided, if the election were held today and you had to pick right now, which candidate would you lean toward:

49%

Gretchen Whitmer

22%

Shri Thanedar

19%

Abdul El-Sayed

10%

Undecided/Unsure

 

"It looks like it's going to be a general election matchup between Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette. Whitmer has pretty solid leads. especially among older voters, seniors, and those above age 50. On the Republican side you have President Trump endorsing Bill Schuette and you have Governor Snyder endorsing Calley. There is a significant gap between the popularity of Donald Trump among republicans and Governor Snyder among republicans," says Principal and President of EPIC MRA, Bernie Porn.

Of the four candidates on the Republican side, nearly half of the people surveyed favored Bill Schuette, the current Attorney General.

 

Bill Schuette: 
 

48%

Favorable

22%

Unfavorable

30%

Never heard or no opinion

 

Brian Calley: 

35%

Favorable

26%

Unfavorable

39%

Never heard or no opinion

 

Patrick Colbeck:

16%

Favorable

16%

Unfavorable

68%

Never heard or no opinion

 

Jim Hines: 

19%

Favorable

16%

Unfavorable

65%

Never heard or no opinion

 

On the Democratic side, Whitmer – a former state lawmaker and Ingham County prosecutor – got support from more than half of survey takers.

Gretchen Whitmer:

55%

Favorable

15%

Unfavorable

30%

Never heard or no opinion

 

Abdul El-Sayed:

46%

Favorable

18%

Unfavorable

36%

Never heard or no opinion

 

Shri Thanedar:

41%

Favorable

33%

Unfavorable

26%

Never heard or no opinion

 

The two Republicans who want to challenge Debbie Stabenow for her U.S. Senate seat in November are in a statistical tie heading into the primary.

John James and Sandy Pensler are the Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate. Which of the two candidates have you either already voted for by absentee ballot, or intend to vote for on election day:

32%

John James

29%

Sandy Pensler

39%

Undecided/Unsure

 

If undecided, if the election were held today and you had to pick right now, which candidate would you lean toward:

39%

John James

38%

Sandy Pensler

23%

Undecided/Unsure

 

"They're both pretty much tied, and so that's the big uncertainty in these two polls. One of them is going to be running against Debbie Stabinow in the general election but right now we're not sure which ones it's going to be.. Whether it's Pensler or James," says Porn.

The primary, in which the public will choose the candidates for the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian governor’s race, is Tuesday, August 7th.

The poll, conducted for WLNS-TV and media partners around the state, was conducted on July 21 and 22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.


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