DETROIT – New polling data shows strong ongoing support for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state -- but most are ready to get back to work.
The poll, released by the Detroit Regional Chamber, shows the majority of Michiganders are taking the threat of the virus seriously - and believe the state is reopening at a good pace.
Key findings from the poll
Gov. Whitmer’s job approval remains strong
- 63.7% approve of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic, including 44.7% who strongly approve. 32.8% disapprove of the governor’s handling.
- The governor’s approval level is an increase from the 57% of the Chamber’s April poll.
- 71.7% support reopening our economy gradually in order to avoid a second wave.
- 25.7% state that the economic damage is worse than the health damage and the economic restart needs to occur quickly.
- 58.5% agreed that the state is opening up about right, with 7% reporting it is opening too fast, and 32.3% it is opening too slowly.
- 66.8% believe Michigan’s response to the crisis made sense and 29.2% disagree.
- 42.8% of Michigan voters approve of President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 50.4% who disapprove. In April, respondents disapproved by a margin of 44%-50%.
Michigan voters support gradual reopening
Respondents were read two different statements and asked which one more closely reflected their current position on COVID-19.