Chamber Poll: Michiganders Prefer Our Reopening Pace Compared to Rest of CountryMay 21, 2020
When asked if the state was opening up too fast, too slowly or about right, 58.5% believe the pace is about right, while 32.3% believe it’s opening too slowly, and 7% believe too fast.
That’s nearly 27% higher than the level of support for the national response.
When asked the same question about the overall U.S. response, only 31.8% believe the nation is opening about right, 40% believe the nation is going too fast, and 20.3% believe too slowly.
Support for the pace of Michigan’s opening increases among metro Detroit voters, 65.5% who believe the state is moving at the right pace, while 24.8% say it’s too slow.
And perhaps the most telling finding on pace: 71.7% of respondents who were read statements about their current position agreed that the state needed to reopen the economy gradually to avoid a second wave of COVID-19.
Support for Governor’s Approach Increases, National Response Numbers Stay Same
Michigan voters also expressed strong support for Governor Whitmer’s approach as 63.7% approve of her handling of the crisis compared to 32.8% who disapprove. In April, respondents approved by a margin of 57%-37%.
For President Trump and the federal response, the numbers look largely the same as April with 42.8% approving of his handling of the pandemic and 50.4% disapproving.