Thursday, September 14, 2006

Granholm, Stabenow increase leads


GRAND RAPIDS -- The latest EPIC-MRA poll, released just 54 days before the November 7 general election, shows statewide incumbents are holding the lead.

The poll, exclusive to 24 Hour News 8 and our media partners, sampled 600 people between September 7 -12, and includes a margin of error of 4 percent.

Governor Jennifer Granholm holds an 8-point lead, 50-42, over Republican nominee Dick DeVos. It's the second consecutive poll Granholm has held a lead bigger than margin of error. In the previous poll, Granholm led 49-42.

In the race for the US Senate, incumbent Debbie Stabenow has opened a 19-point lead, 53-34, over GOP candidate Mike Bouchard.

Other results inside the poll show Granholm is viewed favorably by 52 percent of the respondents, to DeVos' 40 percent. Stabenow's favorable numbers are even higher, outpacing Bouchard 56-27.

Granholm is also viewed as the candidate who "will do a better job reflecting your views and opinions concerning" affordable health care, promoting economic growth, dealing with stem cell research, the environment, equal opportunity, rising gas costs, the status of gay couples and abortion.

In other scores around the Midwest League:

West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Kane County Cougars 3

Whitecaps hold a 2-1 advantage in the best of five!

What a great evening...