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Michiganders uneasy about economy in new MSU-conducted poll

November 4, 2022

New polling from Michigan State University reveals Michiganders feel uneasy about the state of the economy, in addition to their economic prospects going forward.

The poll was conducted as a part of the most recent State of the State Survey, which has been conducted by the MSU College of Social Science's Office for Survey Research and Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, or IPPSR, since 1994.

Economic data, observations about Michigan’s current political landscape and polling on support for reproductive rights were also measured.

Forty-three percent of polling respondents said their financial position was worse off than a year ago. Over 75 percent believed their economic prospects would worsen or stay the same over the next year, and 83 percent are expecting that the financial situation in their community will be worse off or the same in the coming year.

Eighty-nine percent of polling respondents said that they were at least somewhat likely to vote in the 2022 midterm elections on Nov. 8 – with respondents showing more support for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer than Republican challenger Tudor Dixon in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

Most respondents said they disapproved of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and only 11 percent said abortion should be illegal under all circumstances.

Additionally, a majority of respondents said they supported Proposal 3 – a ballot initiative establishing reproductive rights, including abortion rights. Two-thirds either supported it or leaned towards supporting it.

"Economic polling data reflecting this much general pessimism would be disastrous for the party in power this close to a general election,” Director of IPPSR Matt Grossmann said in a statement. "The same polling also shows strong support for Democratic positions on issues such as reproductive rights, meaning we could be in store for an interesting election night.”

MSU students and other Michiganders can find information on voting for the 2022 midterm election on Nov. 8 here.

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