EPIC-MRA/Free Press poll finds 64% support for Michigan abortion right proposal

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(WWJ) In a new poll, more than half of Michiganders surveyed expressed support for Proposal 3: the abortion rights initiative that will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot in Michigan.

In the EPIC-MRA poll, commissioned by the Detroit Free Press and conducted by live interviews, 64% of respondents said they plan to support Proposal 3 to add an explicit right to abortion in the state’s constitution. Specifically, 59%-said if the election were held today they would vote yes, while 5% said they were leaning toward voting for it.

The poll found that 27% said they oppose the proposal, and only 9% still are undecided. Read more about the poll from the Free Press HERE.

Despite the survey numbers, opponents of the constitutional amendment say voters will reject the abortion rights measure at the ballot box.

Either way, pollster Bernie Porn said it's clear that this is something Michiganders care about.

"There are a lot of comments saying that 'well, inflation is the top issue, so abortion is not going to be that important.' Well, yes it is," Porn told the newspaper. "Clearly it is a driving issue."

The poll, taken late last week and early this week, has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

What voters should know about the proposal:

Proposal 3, sponsored by the group "Reproductive Freedom For All", proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to allow abortion, at least some in cases, and would nullify Michigan's 91-year-old ban in almost all abortions.

"yes" vote would support providing a state constitutional right to reproductive freedom, which is defined as "the right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care."

"no" vote would oppose providing a state constitutional right to reproductive freedom, which is defined as "the right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care."

Political analysts say this high-stakes ballot measure is expected to draw voters from both sides of the aisle to the polls in November — potentially having implications for the governor’s race.

Get more information on Proposal 3 here.