Poll: Schauer, Snyder in statistical dead heat

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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new poll shows that gubernatorial challenger Mark Schauer and incumbent Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder remain in a statistical tie.

The EPIC-MRA poll released Wednesday surveyed 600 Michigan residents between Aug. 22 and Aug. 25. 45% of the people polled said they would vote for Schauer, a Democrat if the election were held today. 43% said they would vote for the Republican Snyder.

But because the poll has a 4-point margin of error, that puts the pair in a statistical dead heat.

The candidates were also in a statistical tie in July, an EPIC-MRA poll showed — though at that time, Snyder had a scant 3-point lead over Schauer

The gap was wider in May, according to EPIC-MRA. Snyder had a 9-point lead at that point.

Through it all, Snyder’s overall approval rating has remained statistically the same, hovering around 42%.

>>Inside woodtv.com: The EPIC-MRA poll results from August, July and May. (pdf)

It’s not yet clear whether voters will see the candidates in a live debate before the Nov. 4 general election. Snyder said over the weekend that he had accepted an invitation to debate Schauer at the Detroit Economic Club, but that “we haven’t been able to make that work.”

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