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Poll: 60% of Michiganders say insurrection was a ‘threat to democracy’

By: - February 8, 2021 9:27 am

The Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection | Alex Kent

A new survey finds that six in 10 Michiganders believe that the pro-Trump U.S. Capitol insurrection was a “threat to democracy.”

The question asked was: “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Events like the riot at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan, 6 are a threat to democracy?” Sixty percent agreed and 29% disagreed.

The poll by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling (PPP) of 848 Michiganders commissioned by the liberal Group Progress Michigan was taken Tuesday and Wednesday. The poll was 50% landline and 50% text.

Fifty-one percent said the 2020 presidential election results were legitimate and 41% said they were not.

The poll also asked: “Do you think state legislators who were part of a lawsuit to overturn the election results should be allowed to be seated in the Legislature or not?” Voters were split, with 45% saying lawmakers shouldn’t be seated and 44% saying they should. All lawmakers have been seated in the GOP-led Legislature.

A majority continues to approve of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s job performance on COVID-19, 55% to 43%. Her overall job performance is 53% positive to 43% negative. GOP legislators’ handling of the pandemic comes in at 59% disapproving and 33% approving.

The poll asked: “Do you support or oppose the Legislature refusing to allocate federal coronavirus relief unless the Governor gives up her emergency powers?” That came back with 48% opposing and 32% supporting.

Another question was: “I’m going to read you two statements and ask you which one you agree with more. Here’s the first statement: Republicans in Lansing and Washington, D.C., are working to identify bipartisan solutions to major issues and Democrats aren’t doing enough to work with the other party. Here’s the second statement: Republicans in Lansing and Washington, D.C., are calling for bipartisan compromise as a way to prevent Democratic priorities from becoming law. Which do you agree with more?” Thirty-three percent agreed with the former and 48% agreed with the latter.

And 16% had a favorable view of the Michigan Militia, while 55% viewed it unfavorably.

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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.