GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first poll results received by 24 Hour News 8 for Decision 2014 show Gov. Rick Snyder has an 8-point lead over his Democratic challenger.
In the EPIC-MRA statewide poll taken between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11, Snyder leads former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer 47% to 39%.
And while everyone polled recognized Snyder’s name, 54% of people polled did not recognized Schauer’s name.
But 53% of people polled rated Snyder’s job performance negatively.
In the race to replace U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, there is a statistical tie between West Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land and Democrat Gary Peters. Land’s 3% lead is within the poll’s 4% margin of error.
Pollsters also asked if people thought our nation and our state were on the right or wrong track.
In regards to our nation, only 31% believe we are on the right track. And 61% of people polled rated President Barack Obama’s job performance negatively.
But people are much more optimistic about our state — 49% believe Michigan is on the right track.
There may be a proposal on the ballot in November, which if approved by voters, would increase the minimum wage in Michigan from the current $7.40 per hour to $10 per hour. Sixty percent of pollsters said they would vote in favor of the increase, while 36 percent would vote no.
An initiative petition for a new law was approved by the Michigan Legislature, which requires women, if they want insurance coverage for abortions, to purchase optional insurance riders in order to have insurance coverage for non-emergency abortions. Forty-two percent of pollsters are in support of the law, while 46 percent are opposed.
Inside woodtv.com: Complete EPIC-MRA poll results (pdf)