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Voters talk about Michigan's economy

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/27/14) - While last weekend was the unofficial start of summer, we are already taking a look ahead to the fall election.

An exclusive ABC12 EPIC MRA poll takes a look at some of the races you'll see at the top of your ballot.

Our exclusive poll asked 600 registered voters if the election were held today, who would they support. It has a margin of error of 4 points.
    
In the race for Governor, incumbent Republican Rick Snyder holds a lead over Democratic challenger Mark Schauer - 47 percent to 38 percent.
    
Turning to the U.S. senate, where candidates are vying to replace retiring Senator Carl Levin.
    
Current Democratic Congressman Gary Peters is leading former Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land 44 Percent to 38 percent, and in the race for Michigan Attorney General, incumbent Bill Schuette holds a lead over challenger Mark Totten 38 percent to 33 percent, but in that race, nearly 3 percent say they are undecided.
    
The poll also looked at some issues that may sway voters this year.

Forty-six percent of the people who participated in that poll said Michigan's economy is headed in the right direction.
    
While others are undecided, 40 percent say the state's economy isn't on track.

"It's bad but I guess they're rebuilding it," said Tiantha Williams, of Flint.

Although Williams doesn't think there's much hope for Michigan's future, others have a different opinion.

"I think it's moving up. Since I've been here, I think it looks like it's coming back. All the homes and stuff that are empty, they're tearing them down and it looks like it's going to do better," said Vannessa Taylor, of Flint.

Paul Rozycki, a political science professor at Mott Community College, says when people feel that the economy is improving, that generally helps the incumbent governor.

"I think those numbers reflect reality, I think that there's a feeling things are getting better somewhat, although slowly, the unemployment rate is high, there's still a lot of worry about a lot of other economic downturns in the state, so it's a slight tilt to the positive side, but the key word is slight," Rozycki said.

Rozycki says another surprising factor about that poll is that there's still a significant amount of people who don't even recognize some of the candidates names.
    
For example, 41 percent of those who participated in the poll didn't recognize Schauer's name.
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