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Statewide poll surveys gubernatorial candidates appeal

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A statewide poll asks Michigan voters which of the gubernatorial candidates are recognizable and appealing leading up to the November elections. 

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 registered Michigan voters likely to vote in the upcoming November midterm election.

Survey respondents were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of gubernatorial candidates. The pollster selected Republicans Brian Calley,

Bill Schuette and Dr. Jim Hines. Schuette received a 25-percent favorable opinion and 25-percent unfavorable. Calley collected 21-percent total favorable to 16-percent unfavorable and Dr. Jim Hines gathered 5-percent of the favorable opinion vote to 3-percent unfavorable.

Of the Democrats running for Governor Shri Thanadar leads the pack earning a 23-percent favorable opinion rating to 20-percent unfavorable. Gretchen Whitmer received 16-percent favorable to 9-percent unfavorable and Abdul El-Sayed tallied more unfavorable opinions with 12-percent of those polled having a positive view to 15-percent unfavorable.

If the election were held today, in a pair of hypothetical matchups featuring Republican Bill Schuette, he comes up short.

Respondents favored Democrat Shri Thanedar 44-percent to Schuette’s 38-percent.

The results were similar when facing Gretchen Whitmer, She received 43-percent of vote to Schuette’s 38-percent.

The poll reveals 45% percent of respondents were Democrats, 39% 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.