Op Ed by Progress Michigan

MICHIGAN: On Thursday, March 10, 2022, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effecta monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion about a variety of issues and public figures in Michigan.

“Time and time again, the polling has shown that Michigan voters refuse to fall for Republican misinformation,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Despite the GOP’s best efforts to spread lies that undermine our rights, Michiganders remain firmly on the side of equality and reproductive freedom. And while Republican lawmakers are focused on passing big tax breaks for the wealthy, a large majority across the state continue to believe that funding our schools and modernizing our infrastructure should be the priority.

“The people of our state also recognize that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is incredibly qualified, and we fully expect senators from both parties to step up and confirm her to the court as soon as possible.”

Some key takeaways include:

  • 50 percent of respondents support confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, compared to just 30 percent who oppose.
  • 70 percent of those polled support laws to hold gun owners accountable for failing to properly secure their firearms, and 52 percent support creating Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws.
  • 58 percent of respondents believe lawmakers should focus on funding public schools and infrastructure updates, while just 24 percent believe they should prioritize tax cuts.
  • 77 percent of those polled believe the state should not limit access to contraceptives, as has been proposed by all three Republican Attorney General candidates, while just 9 percent support bans or restrictions.
  • 60 percent of those polled think the state should prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Just 20 percent believe the state should not prohibit anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination.