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Poll: 53% back investigation into links between lawmakers, militias and the Jan. 6 insurrection

By: - July 8, 2021 12:28 pm

The crowd at a Trump Rally outside the Michigan State Capitol Saturday, Nov. 7., 2020 | Anna Liz Nichols

A new poll commissioned by liberal group Progress Michigan finds that more than half of Michigan voters back an investigation into ties between Michigan lawmakers, right-wing militia groups, and the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C.

State House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) and other Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly called for a bipartisan committee to probe those ties. But as in Republicans in Congress have largely opposed such commissions, Michigan Republicans have not taken action. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) told the Advance this week that he believes it’s up to law enforcement to investigate.

The poll asked: “Based on what you know, do you support or oppose an investigation into ties between Michigan lawmakers, right-wing militias, and the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol?”

Fifty-three percent said yes and 25% said no.

The survey found 47% said they’d be less likely to support candidates who have spread false narratives about widespread voter fraud in 2020. Twenty-three percent said they would be more likely to support such a candidate and 22% said it makes no difference.

The poll also asked: “Last week, after eight months of investigation, the Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee released a report saying: “The Committee found no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud in Michigan’s prosecution of the 2020 election.” Does hearing this make you more likely or less likely to think the 2020 Presidential election results were legitimate, or does it not make a difference?”

The survey found that 32% said they were more likely, 21% said less likely and 40% said it didn’t make a difference.

The poll of 773 Michigan voters was conducted Monday and Tuesday by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling. The margin of error is 3.5%.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 22-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQ+ people, the state budget, the economy and more. She previously served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 90 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 5,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 80 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two kids along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.