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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 01:07 PM

Michigan abortion proposal has strong support, poll shows

Clara Hendrickson
Detroit Free Press
September 22, 2022

The future of abortion rights in Michigan weighs heavily on the minds of many voters heading into this fall's election, according to a recent poll commissioned by the Detroit Free Press and its media partners that found 64% of respondents plan to vote for a ballot measure to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.

The survey conducted by EPIC-MRA this month found that abortion tied with inflation as the top issue among voters. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed ranked addressing abortion laws in Michigan following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as the issue that concerns them the most, while the same share said controlling high prices for gas, food and other costs is their greatest worry.


The EPIC-MRA poll was conducted by live interviews — including 70% by cellphones — with 600 active and likely voters between Sept. 15 and 19. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

The 64% of respondents who said they plan to support Proposal 3 to add an explicit right to abortion in the state’s constitution includes 59% who said that if the election were held today they would vote "yes" on the measure and 5% who said they would lean toward voting for it.


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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 08:39 PM

1. Most Catholics in Michigan Support Adding State Abortion Protections

(Bloomberg) -- A majority of Michigan residents who identify as Catholic say they are likely to join the majority of voters supporting an amendment that would add abortion protections to the state constitution, a poll released Thursday shows.

Overall, 64% of Michigan residents and 57% of Catholics say they are likely to support the amendment and only 29% of Catholics said they will likely vote no — even though the official position of the Catholic church is to oppose abortion. The same poll showed that 56% of Protestants say they will vote in favor of the amendment as will 83% of voters with no religious preference, according to the results from EPIC/MRA, which conducted the poll of 600 likely voters from September 15-19 on behalf of the Detroit Free Press and several TV stations.

Michigan is one of six states where abortion rights are on the ballot this year. Michigan’s ballot measure would protect the right to abortion as part of other reproductive care services. The referendum would still allow the state to regulate abortions in certain circumstances after the point of fetal viability — when a baby can survive outside the womb.

Supporters say the purpose of the amendment is to regain protections lost after the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling that had given federal protections for abortion rights for the previous 50 years. Opponents have labeled the Michigan amendment “extreme” and say the wording may also lead to the repeal of Michigan abortion laws such as those that require parental consent if a person seeking an abortion is younger than 18 years old.


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