Three polls came out this week surveying the U.S. Senate contest between Debbie Stabenow and Pete Hoekstra. All three showed Stabenow with a commanding lead of anywhere from thirteen to twenty-one percent over Hoekstra.
Both of Detroit's major dailies published the results of polls they commissioned on Wednesday. The Detroit Free Press's survey, conducted by Epic-MRA gave Stabenow a twenty-one-point lead, 54% to 33%. The Detroit News reported a 14.9-point advantage for Stabenow, 52.4% to 37.5%.
On Friday, Public Policy Polling (PPP) released their latest poll of Michigan. Stabenow led Hoekstra by thirteen percent, 53% to 40%.
"Debbie Stabenow is going to win comfortably in this race," pollster Richard Czuba of Chicago's Glengariff Group told The Detroit News.
The Epic-MRA survey found that Stabenow had 54% favorable responses to 34% unfavorable, while 34% favorable to 41% unfavorable. This was comparable to responses to Public Policy Polling's question, which found 35% favorable to 44% unfavorable for Hoekstra.
PPP did not ask the favorable/unfavorable question about Stabenow. Instead, they found that 46% approved of her performance as Senator, 44% disapproved, and 10% weren't sure.
In addition to Stabenow and Hoekstra, the Epic-MRA poll found that 3% of those surveyed were planning to vote for Libertarian Scotty Boman, while 1% were going to vote for one of the candidates from the Green Party, U.S. Taxpayers Party, or Natural Law Party. Nine percent were undecided.
The Detroit News poll listed 10.2% as undecided, while PPP's survey reported 7% in that category.