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What Michigan voters want to hear from Democratic presidential debate candidates

July 28, 2019

Detroit Free Press

Kathleen Gray

From immigration and health care to racial equality and supporting small businesses, the concerns of typical Michiganders, who are planning to watch the debates and are still deciding who will get their vote during the March 10 presidential primary in the state, are both big and small. They have as much to do with policy as with the presidency of Donald Trump, the Republican who won Michigan by a mere 10,704 votes in 2016.

And for many, according to a survey taken last week by the Detroit Regional Chamber, voters want the candidates to stick to the political center.

The survey showed, by a margin of 57%-39%, Michiganders oppose building a wall at the southern border, but favor other forms of border security. A strong majority of 78% favor a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the children of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, and another 54% believe there should be a pathway to undocumented immigrants who haven’t committed any major crimes. They also favor free college tuition, and a 40%-32% plurality believe tariffs on cars made in foreign countries are hurting the auto industry. By a 40%-24% margin, the people surveyed opposed Medicare for all and 51% opposed getting rid of private insurance in favor of Medicare for all.

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