Poll predicts bleak reelection prospects for Michigan senator

A new poll predicts tough reelection prospects for a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team.

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, has the approval of just 37 percent of respondents of a Detroit News/WDIV Local 4 poll of 600 registered voters. Thirty-nine percent of respondents disapprove, according to the poll.

What's worse for Stabenow, her reelection prospects are also fairly bleak. The poll found that only 23 percent of respondents would vote for the Michigan senator against a generic candidate. But Stabenow's support among Democrats — roughly 60 percent — is more promising. About 16 percent of Republicans support her.

The poll reflects the political trend of Michigan voters. In 2010 the state replaced its Democratic governor with a Republican, and the GOP took control of both the state senate and state House of Representatives.