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%.