WDIV/Detroit News poll: Whitmer keeps double-digit lead on Schuette in Michigan governor's race

Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette (WDIV)

DETROIT – The Michigan governor’s race remains unchanged from early September.

A new WDIV/Detroit News poll shows a double-digit lead remains for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer in the upcoming midterm elections. Whitmer held a 13.7 percent lead over Republican candidate Bill Schuette in early September. Now she holds an 11.6 percent lead over Schuette, according to the latest poll results. 


WDIV/Detroit News poll results.


WDIV/Detroit News poll results.



WDIV/Detroit News poll results.


Here's how the vote breaks down, according to this latest poll:

  • Gretchen Whitmer -- 46.8 percent
  • Bill Schuette -- 35.2 percent
  • Third Party -- 5.4 percent
  • Undecided -- 12.7 percent

In September, Whitmer held a lead of 49.8 percent-36.1 percent, with 10.0 percent undecided and 4.1 percent going to third party candidates.

  • Among DEFINITE voters, Whitmer holds a lead on Schuette of 48.4 percent-34.9 percent -- a 13.5 percent lead among definite voters.   
  • Among men, Whitmer leads 45.2 percent-36.8 percent -- a lead of 8.4 percent. But among women Whitmer continues to lead 48.4 percent-33.7 percent -- a lead of 14.7 percent.   
  • Among voters over the age of 65 years old, Whitmer leads 45.7 percent-36.5 percent -- a lead of 9.2 percent. Schuette has cut into Whitmer’s 17.9 percent lead among senior voters in the early September survey.  

But Whitmer now leads among all age brackets:

  • Whitmer leads among Independent voters by a margin of 8.6 percent. In early September she lead by 13 percent among independents.   
    [NOTE:  The cell size for independent voters is small given that it represents just 17 percent of the survey.]

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Poll methodology: 

The Glengariff Group, Inc. conducted a Michigan statewide survey of November 2018 likely general election voters. The 600 sample, live operator telephone survey was conducted on September 30-October 2, 2018 and has a margin of error of +/-4.0 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence; 65.0 percent of respondents were contacted via landline telephone; 35.0 percent of respondents were contacted via cell phone telephone. This survey was commissioned by WDIV Local 4 and the Detroit News.  

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