Poll: Gary Peters leads GOP opponent by 6 points in Michigan

Poll: Gary Peters leads GOP opponent by 6 points in Michigan
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Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersAdvocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths Warren doubles down — to Democrats' chagrin, and Trump's delight Senators urge Trump to fill vacancies at DHS MORE (D-Mich.) leads his Republican 2020 challenger, John James, by single digits, according to a poll released Monday.

An Emerson College poll of Michigan's Senate race next year found Peters leading James by 6 percentage points, 46 percent to 40 percent, a distinct improvement for the incumbent, who was nearly tied with James, 44 percent to 43 percent, in the same survey in March.


One issue that could weigh Peters down in the general election is a poor approval rating in the poll for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). Thirty-eight percent of voters disapprove of the job Whitmer is doing, while 31 percent approve and 27 percent have no opinion.

When asked the most important issue for their vote, the most popular choice among respondents was the economy at 27 percent, followed by health care at 21 percent.

Whether Peters should vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE if he were impeached by the House divides Michigan voters, with 47 percent of voters saying they supported such a measure compared with 43 percent who oppose it.

Emerson's poll contacted 1,051 registered voters in the state with a credibility interval of 3 percentage points between Oct. 31 and Nov. 3.