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Statewide poll shows voters give Governor Whitmer high marks for handling of coronavirus pandemic

Governor Gretchen Whitmer portrait

A recent state-wide poll indicates a majority of Michigan voters support Governor Whitmer’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted a poll in late-May and early June surveying 600 registered Michigan voters, 40-percent by cell phone.

When asked how they would rate Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, 60% responded positively while 40% gave her negative marks.

When asked about the stay-at-home orders; 59% said it was about right for the situation when issued, 33% thought they were too restrictive and 5% not restrictive enough.

Asked about reopening the Michigan economy; 57% think we should wait, “So that the public health crisis does not last longer or get worse” while 36% agree the economy should be reopened as soon as possible at the risk of the crisis lasting longer.

Finally, how concerned are voters of a second coronavirus wave; 68% are concerned while 31% are a little concerned or not at all.

The survey identified 43-percent as  Democrat, 38-percent Republican an 11-percent Independent.

It was commissioned by the Detroit Free Press and has a plus/minus error of 4-percent. 

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.