Lansing-based EPIC-MRA released its February statewide survey of 600 voters who say they’ll likely head to the polls in the November 2018 election.
Of those 600 voters, 42-percent consider themselves Democrats, 39-percent identify Republican and 13-percent claimed to be Independent. The remaining 7-percent are undecided or categorized as “other/refused.”
The all were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of prominent gubernatorial candidates.
From the Republican side of the ledger, Attorney General Bill Schuette received 24-percent favorability compared with Lt. Governor Brian Calley’s 12-percent and Senator Patrick Colbeck’s 4-percent.
Among Democrats running for governor, Shri Thanedar received 18-percent favorable marks to Gretchen Whitmer’s 13-percent followed by Abdul El-Sayed’s 7-perecent.
The poll reveals name recognition is an issue for most candidates. The poll indicates Bill Schuette’s name is most familiar.
When Epic-MRA asked voters whose names they don’t recognize Schuette came in at 22-percent followed by Thanedar’s 47-percent, Calley at 59-percent, Whitmer’s 65, Abdul El-Sayed at 68, and rounding out the “Do Not Recognize” category is Senator Patrick Colbeck at 79 percent.
Meanwhile, voters give President Donald Trump a 37-percent approval rating compared to 60-percent who disapprove. Governor Rick Snyder received a 39-percent approval rating.