A new poll commissioned for Detroit News by Targt-Insyght
of 822 Michigan likely voters showed "strong support for Republican President Donald Trump in Michigan", according to Target Insyght's pollster Ed Sarpolus. In what used to be considered a solidly blue state, Trump appears to be gaining even further in one of the major states that delivered his electoral college victory. 49% of Michigan respondants said that Trump was doing an "excellent" or "pretty good" job as President, while 50% said that he was doing "only fair" or "poor".
In 2016, Trump won the state's 16 electoral votes by a 0.23% vote margin, (10,704 votes), where he garnered 47.50% of the vote against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's 47.27%, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's 3.59%, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein's 1.07%. Barack Obama won Michigan in 2008 by 16.5 points, and in 2012 by 9.5 points. Its two senators are Democratic - Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. However, more recently, the Democratic party has lost its majority in Michigan's state legislature, with a minority of seats in its upper and lower house. As a whole, prior to Trump's election, Michigan was considered to be a blue, or otherwise Democratic state, since no Republican presidential candidate had won it since 1988. The interesting Target-Insyght result of Trump's approval rating was burried under the headline of Democratic Senate incumbent Stabenow leading Michigan celebrity musician Kid Rock in a hypothetical midterm matchup by eight points.
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