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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.