According to a new poll produced by the highly respected polling outfit The Trafalgar group, Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to lead Republican opponent Tudor Dixon, but Dixon is now well within striking distance of the Democrat incumbent.
The Trafalgar Group survey released on Friday now show Whitmer leading by six points (51% – 45%), indicating a far closer contest than earlier polls from the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press indicated.
Whitmer led Dixon by 13 points in a Detroit News survey from the end of August to early September, while the Free Press had the governor up by a whopping 16 points in the middle of last month.
— The Trafalgar Group (@trafalgar_group) September 30, 2022
Whitmer has continued to struggle with many voters, particular over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as on economic issues.
Dixon blames Michigan’s weak economy on Whitmer’s severe COVID lockdown rules.
Trafalgar, one of the most reputable survey businesses in the country, has already demonstrated its accuracy in Michigan.
During the 2016 election, the firm was one of the few pollsters that properly anticipated former President Donald Trump’s win in the state.
The most recent survey of 1,075 Michiganders, taken between September 24 and 28, showed Democrats leading in both of the state’s other gubernatorial contests.
Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has a 50% to 45% lead over Republican candidate Kristina Karamo, while Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel has a 48% to 45% advantage over Republican attorney Matthew DePerno.
Dixon is scheduled to appear alongside Trump at a rally in Warren, Michigan, on Saturday night.
Dixon has released a number of conservative initiatives since her election, including a plan to fight back against wokeness in the classroom.
Dixon received the former president’s endorsement only days before her stunning primary victory in early August.