Poll: Democrats lead in U.S. Senate, MI governor races


DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) — Less than two months before the November election, a new poll shows the Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate have big leads.

The Glengariff Group, Inc. surveyed 600 people between Sept. 5 and Sept. 7 for the poll commissioned by NBC Detroit affiliate WDIV.

Of those surveyed, 49.8 percent said they would vote for Gretchen Whitmer if the gubernatorial election happened now. Comparatively, 36.1 percent gave their vote to Republican Bill Schuette. However, if the 10 percent of undecided voters all went to Schuette and you factor in the margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent, it could be anyone’s race.

In the race for U.S. Senate, three-term incumbent Democrat  Debbie Stabenow was favored by 55.5 percent of voters over Republican newcomer John James. He took 32.6 percent of the vote.

When it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, Michigan voters would approve the ballot proposal by a margin of 56.2 percent to 38 percent, the poll shows.  

The poll also found Michigan voters believe the nation is on the wrong track by a 10-point margin, and 56.6 percent of those surveyed had an unfavorable view of President Donald Trump.

Voter turnout will be high in November, if the survey is any indication. When asked to rank their motivation to vote, 73.7 percent of those polled said it was very high.

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