Whitmer leading former Detroit police chief in reelection bid: poll

Posted 112 days ago


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has a 5-point lead over her top Republican rival, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, according to a new poll released this week.

The EPIC-MRA poll shows Whitmer winning the support of 46 percent of voters, while Craig trails at 41 percent. Another 13 percent remain undecided or refused to say who they would vote for.

Whitmer leads Craig in spite of her negative job approval rating. The poll found that overall, 45 percent of respondents have a positive opinion of Whitmer’s handling of her job as governor compared to 52 percent who have a negative view of her work in office.

At the same time, a plurality of Michigan voters polled — 45 percent — say that the state is on the “wrong track.” Just over one-third of respondents — 35 percent — believe the state is heading in the right direction, while 20 percent are either undecided or refused to say.

Whitmer’s lead over Craig may be due in part to the fact that the former police chief remains unknown to most voters. Only 20 percen... (Read more)