EXCLUSIVE WXYZ POLL: Michigan majority supports Props 3, 4, & 5

(WXYZ) - Get ready for a laundry list of statewide proposals on the November General Election ballot.  Electric utilities, in-home care, and taxes will be some of the issues voters will have to consider.  In a new WXYZ/Detroit Free Press survey, we found that Proposals 3, 4, and 5 are currently leading by a majority.  But Lansing-based pollster Bernie Porn warns, "These aren't the kind of leads that can't be overcome with well-funded opposition."

If passed, Proposal 3 would amend the state constitution to require utilities to generate at least 25 percent of all electricity from renewable energy by 2025.   Proposal 3 is more commonly known as "25 by 25."  The current state goal is to reach 10 percent by 2015.  Supporters of "25 by 25" say it will make our environment cleaner and create jobs.  Opponents believe the proposal will cost the state $12 billion and require 31,000 wind turbines. 

But according to our poll conducted by Epic MRA, 55 percent support the renewable energy proposal, 34 percent are against it, 11 percent are undecided.   Along political party lines, Democrats are overwhelmingly for it, Republicans are generally against it, and Independents favor it by 52 percent.

Proposal 4 would amend the State Constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide collective bargaining for in-home care workers.  It would also provide training for those workers and create a registry of workers who pass background checks.   Of the 600 likely voters surveyed, 55 percent say they will cast a ballot in favor of it, 27 percent will oppose it, 18 percent are undecided.  The largest group of voters supporting Proposal 4 are Democratic men, the largest group rejecting it are Republican men. 

If passed, Proposal 5 would amend the State Constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes.  In the future, it would take a two-thirds majority vote of the Michigan House and Senate, or a statewide vote of the people to impose new or additional taxes.  The proposed constitutional amendment is backed by a group known as the Michigan Alliance for Prosperity.   Those opposing Proposal 5 believe a simple majority of elected officials should be able to determine the level of revenue needed to fund state government.   Fifty-three percent of our poll respondents are in favor of Proposal 5, while 37 percent oppose it, and 10 percent haven't made up their minds yet. 

The survey was conducted September 8 – 11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0 percent.

READ THE RESULTS BELOW:

Proposal 3 would amend the state constitution to require electric utilities to provide at least 25 percent of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025.  It would limit to not more than 1 percent per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.  It would allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25 percent standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1 percent limit. Finally, it would require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and the employment of Michigan residents.  If the election were held today, would you vote YES to approve of the proposed constitutional amendment, or, would you vote NO, to oppose it? 

55%     TOTAL YES

34%     TOTAL NO

Proposal 4 would amend the state constitution to allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council.  It would continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws. It would require the Michigan Quality Home Care Council to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care. It would preserve patients' rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the Michigan Quality Home Care Council registry who are bargaining unit members, and it would authorize the Michigan Quality Home Care Council to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment. If the election were held today, would you vote YES to approve of the proposed constitutional amendment, or, would you vote NO, to oppose it? 

55%     TOTAL YES

27%     TOTAL NO

Proposal 5 would amend the state constitution to require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers, or expand the base of taxation, or increase the rate of taxation. If the election were held today, would you vote YES to approve of the proposed constitutional amendment, or, would you vote NO, to oppose it? 

53%     TOTAL YES

37%     TOTAL NO

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