GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The GOP contenders are polling well in the race to become thestate's next governor, while the current governor, JenniferGranholm, continues to struggle in the approval ratings.
Those are the findings of a new wide-ranging poll from EPIC-MRA , done for WOOD TV8 and our broadcastpartners, released Tuesday.
President Obama's statewide numbers are also down, with an equalnumber of respondents (48-48) having a favorable or unfavorableopinion of the president.
Granholm is viewed negatively by 66% of the respondents, with33% having a positive view. However, that's a slight improvementfrom the previous month (68-32.)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra leads GOP contenders in the newpoll.
The Holland congressman leads Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox 29-28, withformer Senate candidate Mike Bouchard garnering 14% support. Businessman Rick Snyder has 3% and State Sen. Tom George2%.
Lt. Gov. John Cherry is the clear leader amongDemocrats for the gubernatorial nomination, besting State Rep. AlmaWheeler Smith 33-5. Former MSU football coach George Perles and DonWilliamson are at 3%, while John Freeman has 2% support. However,54% of Democrats have not made up their mind.
Head-to-head numbers are not good for the Democrats. Cherrytrails most of the GOP contenders. Cox leads Cherry 45-30; Bouchardleads 39-30; and Hoekstra leads 40-33. Cherry leads Snyder34-32.
The poll was conducted between Oct. 11-15 of 600 voters and hasa margin of error of +/- 4%.
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