AARP Michigan: 2022 Elections (Black Voters 50+) [report]

Kate Bridges
2022 unpublished
Governor: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer leads Tudor Dixon by a 79% -16% margin among Black voters 50+. There is a gender gap, with Black women 50+ giving the governor an even bigger lead. Whitmer holds large advantages among liberals and moderates, while Dixon narrowly leads Whitmer among the 18% of Black voters 50+ who call themselves conservatives. Whitmer's image almost exactly matches the ballot at 79% -18%. Dixon is much less defined among Black voters 50+, who view her negatively by a 35-point
more » ... gin, but 31% do not have an opinion of her yet. Political Environment: The generic Congressional ballot is similar to the governor's race -Democrats lead 76% -15%. Black voters 50+ are significantly more optimistic about the direction of the country and state than voters 50+ overall, with majorities thinking things are headed in the right direction, especially at the state level. President Biden's job approval is 73% -24%, while 21% approve of the job Donald Trump did as president. A wide variety of issues are rated as top ones for Black voters 50+ in Michigan when deciding their vote for Congress, led by Social Security & Medicare (15%), Voting rights (14%), and Inflation (12%). In the race for Governor, Abortion (16%) is closely followed by Inflation (15%) and Jobs and the Economy (15%) as the most important issue.
doi:10.26419/res.00550.016 fatcat:4iudvip3nrer5p4ftr2luror44