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Tudor Dixon’s Likelihood of Beating Whitmer as Abortion Riles Up Voters: Polls

A fresh Michigan poll shows increased support for the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate amid the national concentrate on reproductive rights prior to the midterm elections.

The brand new poll by Lansing-based research firm EPIC-MRA shows incumbent Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer holding an 11-point lead over Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, 50 percent to 39 percent, with 11 percent of the approximate 600 statewide survey respondents remaining undecided.

The Supreme Court‘s overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision on June 24 has riled up pro-choice voters in races nationwide, galvanizing voters around Democratic candidates that before the High Court’s ruling might have been limping toward November because of record-high degrees of inflation and an uncertain economy.

Addressing abortion laws in Michigan following a Roe v. Wade decision was defined as respondents’ biggest issue (19 percent), accompanied by improving the standard of education (15 percent) and upgrading infrastructure (14 percent).

When asked should they would vote “yes” for a constitutional amendment protecting abortion, 62 percent of respondents said they might. Altogether, 58 percent of respondents identified themselves as supporters of abortion rights and 33 percent defined as anti-abortion.

A significant sign of shifting attitudes was also evident August 2 in Kansas, where over 61 percent of voters resoundingly supported the upholding of a 2019 ruling granting a simple to abortion statewide and blocking Republican legislators from banning or restricting access. The fight has resulted in a lawsuit by the Biden administration against Idaho over its strict abortion laws.

Tudor Dixon Abortion Governor Poll
Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, who’s seen at her primary victory party in August, has made headlines with her stance on abortion. A fresh poll shows Dixon 11 points behind incumbent Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, with other polls showing smaller gaps.Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Whitmer received support from 94 percent of Democratic respondents, and had an edge of 50 percent to 22 percent from independentsincluding support from 62 percent of independent women. Dixon was supported by 83 percent of GOP voters.

The abortion ballot proposal is supported by 92 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of independents. Republicans voted “no” on that same proposal by way of a 46 percent to 40 percent plurality.

Dixon, who was simply endorsed in her primary by former President Donald Trump, can be endorsed by To Life of Michiganwhich calls her “a solid pro-life leader who possesses the opportunity to lead Michigan towards being truly a life-affirming state.”

Her stance on reproductive rights, including no exceptions in cases of rape or incest but support of a mother at an increased risk, have already been widely publicizedincluding recent comments where she said a 14-year-old rape victim not aborting her child may lead to a “bond” and “healing during that baby.”

James Blair, chief strategist for the Dixon campaign, told Newsweek via email that the race is closer compared to the above poll indicates, mentioning other polls conducted by Trafalgar Group and AARP Michigan that show Whitmer with 4- and 5-point leads, respectively.

“They are reputable pollsters with an archive to getting Michigan right,” Blair said. “This employs huge amount of money in attack ads have already been spent by Whitmer distorting Tudor Dixon’s position. Gretchen Whitmer is merely attempting to change the conversation to anything apart from her record, because her record is terrible. Jobs are down, reading scores are down, the roads are worse, crime is up, and inflation is through the roof.”

The EPIC-MRA poll was conducted between August 18 and 23 via live interviews, including 70 percent of interviews done via cellphone, and contains a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Newsweek reached out to Whitmer for comment.

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