EPIC-MRA poll shows positive Whitmer job rating, despite criticism of state’s coronavirus response

Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 5:34 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - An exclusive ABC12 poll shows the coronavirus pandemic has played a big part in how Michiganders feel about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s job performance.

Even less surprising, Democrats and Republicans have very different opinions with Whitmer’s performance and the COVID-19 vaccine.

The new EPIC-MRA poll conducted for ABC12 shows a 52% positive job rating for Whitmer with 47% giving her the thumbs down.

But when it comes to how Michiganders see the state’s economy, not so good. A whopping 69% say the economy is not on track.

That’s no surprise to pollster Bernie Porn.

“And a lot of it may well be just cumulated frustration about COVID-19,” he said. “It’s a whole new territory for everybody,”

Whitmer is up for re-election in 2022. Despite the concerns over the economy, Whitmer would beat former Secretary of State Candice Miller if that election took place now.

Most likely voters surveyed say it’s all about COVID-19 and the vaccine. When asked if they’d get the vaccine, 70% say they will get it while 27% say they won’t.

“That’s just at the level that Dr. Fauci said would be a minimum. That would be required for herd immunity,” Porn said.

When it comes to taking the vaccine, those poll numbers broke down on party lines. Results show 90% of Democrats say they’ll take the vaccine when they can while 47% of Republicans say they’ll pass.

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