New poll shows strong support for Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Majority approve of gradual reopening plan

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%.
Gov. Whitmer's handling of pandemic (WDIV)

Michigan voters support gradual reopening

Respondents were read two different statements and asked which one more closely reflected their current position on COVID-19.

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