EXCLUSIVE POLL: Proposals 2 & 6, battle to the finish line

(WXYZ) - If the election were held today, the outcome of two hard fought ballot proposals would be nearly impossible to predict. 

Proposals 2 and 6 may have to be decided by a photo finish on Tuesday, November 6. Our exclusive WXYZ/Detroit Free Press Poll is the latest snapshot of how the voters view these controversial ballot initiatives. 

Proposal 2 would amend the Michigan constitution to guarantee collective bargaining rights for public and private employees. It would also remove restrictions on what could be negotiated at the bargaining table.

  • Our survey shows that 46 percent of the 600 likely voters polled would say NO to Proposal 2, 42 percent would vote YES, 10 percent are undecided, and 2 percent don't believe the proposal is worth their vote. 

As you might imagine, the majority of Democrats, 67 percent, support Proposal 2 while a 72 percent majority of Republicans oppose it. Independents are slightly split on the issue.  Forty-five percent oppose Proposal 2 but 35 percent like adding an amendment to the state constitution that would strengthen Michigan's labor laws.

The battle over Proposal 6 is just as close as Proposal 2.  According to the survey we commissioned for you with the help of our statewide media partners:

  • Forty-seven percent of those polled would cast a NO vote on Proposal 6, while 42 percent would vote in favor of letting Michigan voters decide this issue.

If passed, building new international bridges or tunnels would require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide November election, and in each city where new construction would take place.

  • Eight percent don't know how they will vote on Proposal 6, and 3 percent won't cast their ballot on this issue at all. 

Democrats and Republicans alike are split on this proposal and coalitions on both sides have banned together some extremely diverse organizations and leaders. The debate over a new government-funded bridge, estimated to cost $3.5 billion, pits Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a multi-millionaire against Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun, a billionaire businessman.

Our survey was conducted October 26 – 29 and has a margin of error of + 4.0%.

POLL RESULTS:

Proposal 2 would amend the Michigan constitution to guarantee collective bargaining rights for public and private employees, remove restrictions on what could be included in a collective bargaining agreement and prohibit the enactment of new restrictions by the Legislature if they conflict with collective bargaining agreements. If the election were held today, would you vote YES to approve of Proposal 2, would you vote NO to oppose the proposal, or, would you not vote at all on Proposal 2?           

42%    Total Yes Vote

39%    Vote YES for a Proposal 2

  3%    Lean toward voting YES for Proposal 2

 

46%    Total No Vote

45%    Vote NO to oppose Proposal 2

  1%    Lean toward voting NO to oppose Proposal 2

 

  2%    Would not vote at all on Proposal 2

10%    Undecided/Refused

 

Proposal 6 would amend the Michigan constitution to require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election, and in each municipality where new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles are to be located, before the State of Michigan may spend any state funds or resources to build any new international bridge or tunnel. If the election were held today, would you vote YES to approve of Proposal 6, would you vote NO to oppose the proposal, or, would you not vote at all on Proposal 6? 

42%    Total Yes Vote

39%    Vote YES for a Proposal 6

  3%    Lean toward voting YES for Proposal 6

 

47%    Total No Vote

46%    Vote NO to oppose Proposal 6

  1%    Lean toward voting NO to oppose Proposal 6

 

  3%    Would not vote at all on Proposal 6

  8%    Undecided/Refused

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