Michigan Democrats lead in USA Today poll
A poll published Thursday afternoon by USA Today shows Democrats leading in all contests for statewide partisan offices surveyed. U.S. Representative Gary Peters led former Secretary of State Republican Terri Lynn Land by 9% for U.S. Senate. Former U.S. Representative Mark Schauer edged Republican incumbent Rick Snyder by 2%.Much more at the link in the headline, including statistics for all candidates, a video about the U.S. Senate contest featuring Terri Lynn Land putting her foot in her mouth over equal pay for women, and summaries of two other polls this week. One of those polls included a look ahead to the next presidential campaign.
Farther down the ballot, the poll conducted by Suffolk University continued to show Democrats with more support than Republicans, all of whom are incumbents. Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown was well ahead of Republican Brian Calley by 10% for Lieutenant Governor. Michigan State University professor Mark Totten led Bill Schuette by 7% for Attorney General. Even Detroit attorney Godfrey Dillard managed a 4% lead over Republican Ruth Johnson.
The poll also looked at the generic Congressional ballot and the 2016 Presidential election. A plurality said they planned on voting for the Democratic candidate over the Republican candidate by a margin of nearly 4% this year. For the Democratic nomination, an overwhelming majority favored Hillary Clinton (60.8%) over Joe Biden (17.45%). On the Republican side, undecided led at 17.02% with Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee tied for second at 11.17%.
For 2016, poll respondents overwhelmingly favored Clinton over all the potential Republican nominees surveyed. She would beat Ted Cruz by 14%, both Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee by 12%, Jeb Bush by 11%, and Rand Paul by 10%.Good news for Democrats, indeed.