Poll: Schauer gains ground on Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and former congressman Mark Schauer. (Courtesy photos)
Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and former congressman Mark Schauer. (Courtesy photos)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Polls show Gov. Rick Snyder is still leading his Democratic challenger, but by a smaller margin than in May.

An EPIC-MRA poll released Thursday questioned 600 people between July 12 and July 15 about who they would vote for if the election was held immediately.

>>Inside woodtv.com: The full results of the EPIC-MRA poll (pdf)

Forty-six percent of people polled said they would vote for the incumbent Republican Snyder, while 43% said they would give their support to Mark Schauer, a former congressman. 11% were still undecided.

The poll shows Snyder holding a narrower lead than earlier this year. The percentage of his supporters has remained statistically the same since February, while Schauer has gained between seven and eight points.

In the race to fill the seat about to be vacated by longtime Sen. Carl Levin, fellow Democrat Gary Peters has a fairly strong lead.

Forty-five percent of voters polled said they would choose Peters, while 36% said they would vote for Republican Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan Secretary of State.

In February, Land was leading the race by three percentage points. Peters led in May, but by a smaller margin.

The poll results show some volatility in the electorate, and indicates Democrats may be doing a better job than Republicans of persuading voters to their side.

But it’s important to note that the poll is merely a snapshot of current opinion, and there are still more than 100 days until the general election. That’s a long time for candidates to push their message.

Michigan’s primary election is set for Aug. 5 and the general election is set for Nov. 4.

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