Supreme Court’s abortion case imperils Michigan GOP in upcoming election, poll shows

It's about abortion rights, stupid

click to enlarge From left, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. - State of Michigan
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From left, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Michigan Republicans may be punished in the November elections for the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion, according to a new poll.

Two-thirds of likely voters in Michigan said they support a ballot initiative that would enshrine abortion rights in the state’s constitution, according to a new EPIC-MRA poll.

Another 58% of voters said they are pro-choice, compared to just 33% who identify as pro-life.

That could spell big trouble for Republicans running for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state because all of them are rigidly opposed to abortion rights.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, who supports an abortion ban without exceptions for rape and incest, trails Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, 39% to 50%, with 11% undecided, according to the poll.
Whitmer holds the steady lead despite 51% of respondents giving her a negative job rating. About 47% gave her a positive job rating.

In the race for attorney general, incumbent Dana Nessel leads election conspiracy theorist Matthew DePerno 43% to 39%, with 18% undecided. DePerno also opposes abortion rights.

DePerno is perhaps best known for filing a baseless lawsuit that claimed widespread fraud in the 2020 general election in Antrim County. He lost the case.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson leads Oak Park educator and election conspiracy theorist Kristina Karamo 44% to 38%, with 18% undecided. In an October 2020 episode of her podcast “It’s Solid Food,” Karamo called abortion “child sacrifice” and a “satanic practice.”

In the poll, voters were given nine issues and asked to rank which one they care most about. Abortion came out on top, with 19% saying it was their top priority.

Despite the overwhelming support of abortion rights in Michigan, the three Republicans have not softened their positions.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
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