The Detroit Regional Chamber, one of the oldest and largest chambers of commerce in the country, today released the results of a statewide poll of registered voters in Michigan that provides information and data on Michigander’s perception of the economy, how they responded to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, public health and economic challenges, and political issues facing the state.
âBefore the Mackinac Policy Conference and after conducting polls throughout the pandemic, the House wanted to gauge what voters thought about Michigan’s health, economy and political situation,â said Sandy K. Baruah, President and CEO of the DRC.
âThe poll shows the past 18 months have exacerbated divisions, and finding consensus on how best to control COVID-19 and move Michigan forward has become even more difficult. This is why events where business, civic, and government leaders can civilly come together, like the Mackinac Policy Conference, are now so critical. “
Among the main findings of the poll, 31.8% of those polled think the economy is on the right track, compared to 57.7% who think it is on the wrong track. Of those vaccinated, 40.9% said they were on the right track, while 9.7% of unvaccinated voters thought the same.
When asked about their level of concern about inflation, 85.8 percent said they were concerned, with only 12.6 percent responding that they were not concerned. Broken down into specific responses, 52.8% of respondents are very concerned about inflation and 33% are somewhat concerned.
When asked if they were in favor of allowing companies to require proof of vaccination for employees and customers, 44% said they would support a mandate, while 51.9% said they would support a mandate. would oppose it. Strong support for a mandate measured at 28.8%, while 41.7% strongly opposed it.
People aged 65 and over were the only age group to receive majority support for employment and corporate mandates, with 69.4 agreeing. People aged 30 to 39 offered the lowest percentage of support at 32 percent. The political collapse shows Democratic voters support the potential term, while Independent and Republican voters oppose it.
Legislation that would prohibit private employers from requiring employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment received 47.9 percent support and 46.8 percent opposition. This issue has seen the biggest split in partisan blackouts, with only close support from Republicans and close opposition from Democrats.
Employee voters who oppose the ban and support mandatory vaccinations were asked if they would seek another job if their employer did not require vaccinations – 15.5% of those employees said they would seek a other job, while 77.4% said they would not.
Employee voters who support the ban and oppose mandatory vaccinations were asked if they would look for another job if their employer required vaccinations – 42.4% of those employees said they would look for another job, while that 48.8% said they would not.
Regarding the vaccine requirements for entering a business, respondents read two different statements.
âI do not support restrictions on vaccines to enter businesses. Getting a vaccine should be an individual choice, âwas selected by 51.2 percent.
âI support vaccine requirements to enter businesses. If you choose not to get vaccinated, you shouldn’t be allowed to put everyone’s health at risk, âwas selected by 44%.
When asked if they would be more or less likely to go to seven different places – restaurants, bars, small businesses, cinemas, concerts, sports facilities and plane flights – if that place required proof of vaccination. Of the seven, only the bars would be relatively divided at 28.3% more likely and 31.8% less likely.
The Glengariff Group Inc. in Lansing, the DRC’s survey partner, conducted this statewide survey of 600 registered Michigan voters between August 30 and September 3, 2021.
âThe divisions that we have seen throughout the pandemic are increasingly pronounced. Republicans and Democrats see fundamentally different issues and different paths forward, âsaid Richard Czuba, Chairman of Glengariff. “Voters have remained very engaged and report high motivation (9.1) to vote in the 2022 election, indicating that we are likely to see the same high turnout as in 2018 and 2020.”