Whitmer’s numbers here are less interesting than Trump’s, but they’re noteworthy. A month ago her overall job approval jumped to 60 percent after stay-at-home orders started being issued nationally. Three weeks later she’s slipped a little but not as much as I would have thought given her emergence as a lightning rod for Republicans unhappy with her more heavy-handed restrictions. She’s at 57/37 on her COVID-19 response today, assuming this new survey is accurate. Inevitably, the longer her orders stay in place and the more economic damage is done, the more her approval will decline. But it’s resilient so far, a reminder that the protests in Michigan this past week represent a small but noisy minority.
Trump’s numbers in Michigan are steady as well, which isn’t great under the circumstances.
By contrast, 44% of those polled approved of Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis while 50% disapproved. The Republican president who is running for re-election has sporadically criticized Whitmer, who is a national co-chairman of of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign and is being considered as a potential running mate…
Trump’s approval numbers are almost identical to what his overall job approval numbers have been for the better part of three years now in Michigan, said Richard Czuba, a Lansing-based pollster who conducted the survey.
“For this moment in time, that’s startling,” Czuba said. “And that’s because this is very much a rally-around-the-flag moment, and voters typically would be rallying around the leadership of the president, and they clearly are not.”