DETROIT (May 31, 2022) – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber released findings from its latest statewide poll of registered Michigan voters as the Chamber’s 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference gets underway. The data reveals trends in perception of inflation, the state’s education system, business’ role in social issues, and key voter motivations during a critical election year.
“This poll is enlightening as we enter the 2022 mid-term elections and will shape the discussions at the Mackinac Policy Conference, which will focus on the changing role of business in polarizing times,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and chief executive officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Voters continued to be energized to vote, with the potential of changes to Roe v. Wade fueling Democratic turnout. Consistent with the Chamber’s recent polling work with The Glengariff Group, we continue to see a disconnect between voters’ perceptions of the overall economy, which is highly negative driven by inflation concerns, but strong confidence in their own economic situation, including very low levels of job insecurity. Also of interest is the stark difference in how Democrats and Republicans (especially Strong Republicans) view issues – including issues that are seemingly non-partisan such as the quality of Michigan schools and the expected length of this inflationary period.”
The Chamber’s polling partner, The Glengariff Group Inc., completed this statewide poll of 600 registered Michigan voters between May 9-13, 2022.
“Voter motivation is looking similar to what we saw in 2018 and 2020 with high levels of motivation among Michigan voters. The threat of overturning Roe v. Wade has provided a jolt of motivation to Democratic voters while Republican voters remain highly motivated by their inflation concerns,” said Richard Czuba, president of The Glengariff Group, Inc. “A key to 2022 will be how these two different issues intersect among Independent voters.”
The following outlines the poll’s main themes: