LANSING, Mich. — A new independent poll shows Republican challenger Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski with a slight lead over freshman Democratic Congressman Gary Peters in the 9th Congressional District. Raczkowski received 45 percent to Peters’ 40.7 percent, with 10.3 percent undecided and the other three candidates splitting the rest. Peters defeated longtime incumbent Republican Joe Knollenberg in 2008 in the district that covers the bulk of Oakland County in Southeast Michigan.
The 9th Congressional District race is one of three in Michigan that both national Republicans and Democrats have their eyes on to determine the Majority in the House
“It’s no secret that Democrats have been gaining ground in Oakland County over the past decade,” said Kelly Rossman-McKinney, CEO and founder of The Rossman Group, who conducted the survey in partnership with Team TelCom. “But Congressman Peters has some work to do if he wants to make sure the anti-incumbent mood sweeping the country doesn’t sweep him out of office after just one term.”
The results from the congressional district poll are as follows:
Michigan 9th Congressional District
Gary Peters (D) – 40.7 percent
Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski (R) – 45 percent
Campbell (GRN) – 2.7 percent
Goodman (LIB)– 0.3 percent
Grey (IND) – 1 percent
Kuofie (IND) – 0 percent
Undecided – 10.3 percent
The automated poll, conducted September 13, surveyed 300 likely voters in the 9th Congressional District and an additional 400 likely voters throughout the state on the statewide candidate races. The margin of error was +/- 5.6 percent. The results of the poll can be found below. For charts showing the movement over the past several weeks, please visit the "cool stuff" section of this website.
Rick Snyder (R) - 51.3 percent
Virg Bernero (D) - 31.8 percent
Undecided – 17 percent
Secretary of State
Ruth Johnson (R) - 42.3 percent
Jocelyn Benson (D) – 28 percent
Undecided – 29.8 percent
Bill Schuette (R) – 40.3 percent
David Leyton (D) – 31 percent
Undecided – 28.8 percent
Democratic candidates in the statewide races have trailed the Republicans in each of the three weekly polls taken in this series. The number of undecided voters has dropped slightly, with self-identified Independents continuing to make up the largest share of those who have yet to choose a candidate.
“The ads that began last week don’t appear to be moving voters much in any direction yet,” said Rossman-McKinney. “At this point, most voters are still too focused on getting kids back to school and reeling from another heartbreaking Lions loss to notice the political back-and-forth that is beginning to creep back onto the airwaves.”
Contact: Kelly Rossman-McKinney, 517-487-9320 (office), 517-749-0529 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
* Methodology: This Rossman Group/Team TelCom Weekly Survey was an automated statewide telephone poll of 300 likely voters in the 9th Congressional District and 400 likely voters across the state for the statewide races. The poll was conducted on September 13, 2010. Participation was stratified based on past voter behavior and census data. A screen was employed to include only those participants who said they would definitely vote, either at the polls or by absentee ballot, in the November 2010 General Election. The margin of error is plus/minus 5.6 percent. All numbers are rounded and may exceed 100%. Attribution: For attribution purposes, please recognize both organizations that partnered in the poll: The Rossman Group and Team TelCom.