WASHINGTON — A new poll commissioned by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee shows Democratic legislative candidates ahead on the generic ballot in Michigan, Colorado, and Nevada, three top battleground states. The polling also shows that voters vastly prefer candidates who will support abortion rights, prioritize gun safety legislation, and Democratic economic policies like investing in affordable housing and offering tax relief to low- and middle-income households. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows that Democrats are leading in the fight for the majority in Michigan and ahead in Colorado and Nevada, critical defend states being targeted by the GOP.
“This polling confirms that Democratic policies are broadly popular and the Republican agenda is out of step with a majority of voters,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “As we’ve said from the beginning of the cycle, this midterm will be incredibly competitive for both Democratic and Republican-held legislatures. It’s critical that we mobilize to protect our Democratic chambers and flip chambers like the Michigan legislature red to blue in November. This poll shows the GOP’s extremism will ultimately sink their own unpopular agenda.”
Read the full polling memo HERE
Polling toplines include:
- In Michigan, Democrats are ahead on the generic ballot by 5 points, a lead outside the margin of error (48% to 43%)
- Head to heads in Nevada and Colorado show Democratic candidates leading by 3 points (48% to 45% in Colorado; 46% to 43% in Nevada)
- Voters vastly prefer a candidate who will protect abortion rights over one who would make abortion illegal (61% to 27% in Colorado, 56% to 32% in Michigan, and 65% to 23% in Nevada)
- A wide majority of voters also prefer a candidate who will prioritize gun safety legislation (63% to 24% in Colorado, 65% to 18% in Michigan, and 66% to 22% in Nevada)
- A majority of Colorado voters are more likely to support a legislative candidate who voted to invest in affordable housing by a margin of 52% to 31%
- Michigan voters would rather vote for a legislative candidate who supports tax rebates for middle-class families than one who prioritizes tax cuts for the wealthy by a 53% to 28% majority
Though state Democrats are navigating a tough political environment, as is historically the case for the president’s party during the midterm, this poll demonstrates legislative battles are in a dead heat and that Americans are willing to support Democratic candidates and policies that level the playing field and help voters thrive. In stark contrast, voters broadly oppose Republican attempts to continue to roll out a nationwide effort to restrict access to safe and legal abortion and weaken common sense gun safety laws that keep our communities safe.