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.