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New Poll: Michiganders Support Probe into Insurrection, Militias

Voters want real action to combat right-wing extremism and build back better 

On July 8, 2021, Progress Michigan released the latest edition of Lake Effect, a monthly research newsletter that tracks public opinion about a variety of issues and public officials. 

 “Voters are demanding answers about the recent rise of right-wing extremists and militia groups in Michigan, as well as their ties to the insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Meanwhile, Michiganders are looking ahead and expressing their support for President Biden’s infrastructure plan, which would help our state not only recover after these tough times, but also build a brighter future for our state. It’s past time for Michigan Republicans to leave 2020 behind, stop attacking our voting rights, and get to work on policies that will actually benefit the people.”

Some key takeaways include:

  • 53 percent of respondents support an investigation into ties between Michigan lawmakers, right-wing militia groups, and the January 6 insurrection. Only 25 percent oppose such an investigation.
  • 47 percent of those polled say they’d be less likely to support candidates who have spread false narratives about widespread voter fraud in 2020, compared to 23 percent who would be more likely to support such a candidate and 22 percent who say it makes no difference.
  • 40 percent of respondents say they’re less likely to support anti-voter bills that make voting more difficult in light of the Senate Elections Committee report that found the 2020 election was secure and accurate. 27 percent say the report makes them more likely to support the bills, while 26 percent say it makes no difference.
  • 54 percent of those polled say video footage of gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley allegedly at the January 6 insurrection makes them less likely to support him, compared to 15 percent who are more likely to support him and 19 percent who say it doesn’t make a difference.
  • 51 percent of respondents support President Biden’s infrastructure plan, while just 34 percent oppose the plan and 14 percent say they’re not sure.


New Report: The Big Lie Persists in the GOP Base

Republican legislators’ efforts to distance themselves may be too little, too late

A new report compiled by Progress Michigan analyzes social media posts from local Republican parties across the state to illustrate just how prevalent the Big Lie remains in the Michigan Republican Party. Despite efforts by state legislators and other prominent Republican officials to distance themselves from the conspiracy theories they helped amplify earlier this year, it may be too late for them to contain the rot and corruption that has taken hold of the GOP infrastructure.

“After more than six months of bogus election hearings and efforts to amplify conspiracy theories, Republican lawmakers like Ed McBroom and Mike Shirkey are now trying to distance themselves from the Big Lie,” said Sam Inglot, deputy director of Progress Michigan. But as this report shows, their tepid attempts to undo the damage the Big Lie has done to their party come too late to contain the spread of racist and undemocratic conspiracy theories in their base. Republican lawmakers and high-level officials have had countless chances to push back against the lies perpetuated by Trump and his allies and the violence that has resulted—but instead, they helped the disinformation spread. GOP leaders opened Pandora’s box last November, and they have only themselves to blame for the effect the Big Lie has had on their party.”

Some highlights include:

  • 64 percent of county Republican Party Facebook pages have alluded to a “stolen” election, massive voter fraud, or the need for an election audit since November 3.
  • 98 percent of active county Republican Party Facebook pages—those that tend to post on at least a weekly basis—have made posts alluding to the Big Lie.
  • The activity surrounding the Big Lie isn’t limited to social media posts, as much of the content in the report includes calls for supporters of the Big Lie to participate in real-life events.




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