A new Marketing Resource Group (MRG) survey commissioned by The Ballenger Report has found that trial attorney Geoffrey FIEGER is leading the Democratic field of possible 2018 gubernatorial candidates while Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE leads among GOP gubernatorial wannabes.
For the Democrats, the good news for former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen WHITMER is that while Fieger leads, he’s not leading by much. Fieger earned the support of 26.2 percent of likely Democratic voters to Whitmer’s 24 percent.

Former Detroit Health official Abdul AL-SAYED came in third place with 8.6 percent of support. The remaining 41.2 percent were undecided or didn’t know. No other candidate was offered as an option on the Democratic side.

Not surprisingly, the survey found Fieger’s well of support was strongest in Detroit, where he was selected by 53 percent of likely voters. In Detroit, El-Sayed had 21 percent support and Whitmer had the support of nine percent.

In mid-Michigan, Whitmer carries the day with 46 percent support to Fieger’s 20 percent and El-Sayed’s 3 percent.

On the Republican side, Schuette has the support of 32.4 percent of likely Republican voters compared to 11.4 percent for Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY. Saginaw Dr. Jim HINES had 6.7 percent. The remaining 50.5 percent declined to answer, were undecided or didn’t know.

The Ballenger Report commissioned MRG to conduct the survey May 8-11, after U.S. Rep. Dan KILDEE (D-Flint Twp.) said he would not be a candidate for the governor in 2018 and would seek re-election to Congress. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4 percent.

Originally published by MIRS.
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