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Statewide poll reveals President's job approval rating a growing partisan divide

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A statewide poll indicates there is a distinctive partisan divide when it comes to politics at the federal level. WGVU breaks down the latest voter survey.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 registered Michigan voters likely to vote in the 2018 midterm election. Survey respondents were asked if the country is headed in the right or wrong direction - 48% say “wrong track” while 37% believe it’s heading in the “right direction.”

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating was also polled with 41% awarding him positive marks and 57% give him a negative rating.

The breakdown by party affiliation is stark with 80% of Republicans giving the President high marks and 93% of Democrats disapproving of his work in the Oval Office. Independents break 41% positive and 57% negative.

Finally, when asked about the 2018 Presidential election and a hypothetical matchup between Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden – and if that election were held today – 52% say they’ll vote for Biden with Trump receiving 39% of the vote.

The poll reveals 43% percent of respondents were Democrats, 41% Republican, 13% Independent and 3% characterize themselves as undecided or other.

The Epic-MRA poll has a 4% +/- margin for error.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.