The economy

Which candidate for President do you think would do a better job of handling our nation’s economy, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? 

Respondents were asked a series of questions about which candidate would handle specific issues better and the economy continues to be Barack Obama’s Achilles’ heel.  Voters were statistically tied as to which candidate would do a better job handling the nation’s economy with Mitt Romney at 45.8% to Barack Obama at 45.0%.

The automotive industry

Which candidate for President has a better plan for Michigan’s automobile industry, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

When asked which candidate had a better plan for Michigan’s automobile industry, Barack Obama held a 42.5%-32.2% lead over Mitt Romney with 12.2% saying "neither candidate".

Romney's Vice Presidential pick

Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential nominee.  Does the selection of Paul Ryan make you more likely to vote for Mitt Romney, more likely to vote for Barack Obama, or will the selection have no impact on how you vote for President?

  • Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has 88% name identification breaking marginally favorably with 32.8% of voters having a favorable impression of him, 28.8% having an unfavorable impression and 25.8% of voters having no opinion of him.  12.5% of voters have not heard of Paul Ryan.
  • Voters were asked if the selection of Paul Ryan made them more likely to vote for Mitt Romney, more likely to vote for Barack Obama, or if it had no impact on their vote:
  • 24.3% were more likely to vote for Mitt Romney, 21.3% were more likely to vote for Barack Obama and 53.3% said it had no impact on their vote. 
  • 52.1% of strong Republicans say the Ryan selection makes them more likely to vote for Mitt Romney, 45.8% said it had no impact.  44.6% of leaning Republicans say the Ryan selection makes them more likely to vote for Romney compared to 51.8% who said the selection had no impact.  26.0% of Independent voters said the Ryan selection made them more likely to vote for Romney as compared to 17.3% who said they would be more likely to vote for Obama.  55.3% said the selection had no impact.

Voter excitement level

Voters were asked on a scale of one to ten how excited they were to cast a ballot in this year’s Presidential Election.  Overall, voters rated their excitement at 7.6.

 

  • Strong Republicans and strong Democratic voters are equally motivated at 8.2.  At 7.8, leaning Republicans were more motivated than leaning Democratic voters who rated their excitement at 7.0. Independent voters were substantially less motivated at 6.7.
  • At 8.3, African American voters are significantly more motivated than Caucasian voters at 7.6.  Wayne County voters were motivated at 8.0 and Detroit voters were motivated at 8.4.  The only region of the state more motivated to vote than Detroit voters were Southwest Michigan voters at 8.6.
  • The least motivated voters were in the Tri Cities region (6.5), the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan (7.3) and the suburban rim around Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties (7.3). 

United States Senate Race

If the election for United States Senator was held today and Debbie Stabenow was the Democratic candidate and Pete Hoekstra was the Republican candidate, would you vote for Pete Hoekstra or Debbie Stabenow to be United States Senator for Michigan.

Michigan United States Senator Debbie Stabenow holds a 47.5%-40.3% lead over Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra. 

  • Debbie Stabenow has 97% name identification breaking 40.3% favorable, 34.3% unfavorable and 22.3% of voters having no opinion of her.  2.7% of voters have not heard of Debbie Stabenow.
  • Pete Hoekstra also has 84% name identification breaking 24.3% favorable, 25.5% unfavorable and 34.0% of voters having no opinion of him.  16.0% of voters have not heard of Pete Hoekstra.
  • Two weeks after his primary victory, Pete Hoekstra has united the Republican Party with 88% of strong Republican voters supporting his candidacy and 75% of leaning Republicans supporting his candidacy.  By comparison, Debbie Stabenow has 86.6% of strong Democratic voters and 68% of leaning Democratic voters.  Stabenow leads among Independent voters by a margin of 49.3%- 33.4%.

 Stabenow as a U.S. Senator

Would you say you approve or disapprove of the job Debbie Stabenow is doing as United States Senator from Michigan?