Poll Puts Schauer Ahead of Walberg

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

In our New 10 Voice of the Voter poll, incumbent Mark Schauer has a 6 percentage point lead over Republican Tim Walberg. 45 percent to 39 percent. 7 percent of voters are leaning toward a 3rd party candidate and 9 percent are undecided.

"The problem Walberg has is among those independent voters --- he has that high unfavorable rating, Schauer has a positive rating," said Epic MRA pollster Bernie Porn.

While Schauer has the lead now the independent and undecided voters could make this an even tighter race.

"Based on the partisan leanings that we could detect from those voters, we apportioned them to the candidates and indeed Walberg does narrow the margin and it becomes 46 percent to 43 percent with only 3 percent undecided."

"I'm just undecided. I'm really undecided."

Cheryl Burrows-Panasiewicz may have a Mark Schauer yard sign but she's far from locking in her vote for the Democrat.

"Mark Schauer would really have to put it out there --- what his plan is for home health care, what his plan is for education and the seniors and social security. He has to say what his plan is."

And same goes for Tim Walberg.

"He'd have to step up to the plate and stop being so negative about his opponent and really tell us what he's going to do," said Burrows-Panasiewicz.

She is part of a key percentage of voters in the 7th district who are torn between the candidates.

Porn says Walberg does not have as strong of a support base from the Republicans as Schauer has from the Democrats but it's ultimately a matter of who shows up to the polls.

"A lot of your remaining undecided voters reside among independent voters and it's likely that Schauer should pick up most of the independent voters as he heads toward the election simply because of favorability rating between two candidates," said Porn.

But some voters say the favorability may not last if they don't get what they need to make a decision.

"I'm looking for some answers as to how they're going to help me and people like me," said Burrows-Panasiewicz.

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  • by Ken Location: Jackson on Nov 5, 2010 at 08:04 AM
    I think you should seriously consider a different polling service the next time around. They got it bass-akwards.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2010 at 06:14 AM
    Schauer is an obama yes man. He has voted for party lines most of the times.
  • by Mark Location: Albion on Oct 24, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    In only two years on the job, Congressman Schauer has been a tremendous asset to the 7th District. Keep up the great work!!
  • by L.A.W. Location: Jackson on Oct 21, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    I work in retail and have watched so many empty buildings showing up all over Jackson. If Mark works ten times harder and we are still in this mess what can we expect out of him. Maybe its time to work smarter and not harder! I see everyday people by the thousands each and every week. All I hear is how hard it is, all I see in my own family is how hard it is, Obama care is a joke although I'm sure it was told with good intentions. I have insurance and believe I have heart problems, I feel I can not go to the doctor at this point in the year because my out of pocket expenses would be too high and If I pay them now at the end of the year my deductable starts over and would have to pay them all over again. The last 6 years in Michigan have been a complete failure.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    It doesn't matter which one you vote for, they both have done things we don't like. So flip a coin, as one is no better than the other.
  • by Phil K Location: Saint Johns on Oct 21, 2010 at 03:53 AM
    Wilx is campaigning sooo hard for the Dems, The Dems are still going to fall hard in Nov.
  • by Heather Location: Jackson on Oct 21, 2010 at 03:43 AM
    My husband and I watched the debate on WILX last night and have become very frustrated with both candidates. "Let's be clear" Neither one of them gave voters something to believe in. Where does our state go from here? How do we get our unemployment rate down? We like the idea of Healthcare reform but do we want government telling us how we have to use it? Are Social Security benefits going to be available to us when we retire or are we going to be forced to work until we have to be pushed around in wheelchairs? What about the future for our children growing up in Michigan? What are we going to do about our failing school systems? How are our children going to compete with others when it comes time for them to gain employement? So the only choice we have is to pick the lesser of two evils? How is that fair to us? We want a better option.
  • by Tom Location: Eaton County on Oct 20, 2010 at 08:12 PM
    Mark Shaurer works at least ten times harder for Michigan than Walburg did when he was in office. When it comes to bringing jobs to Michigan, Walburg will work on crazy Social Security quick fixes while Shaurer will focus on jobs. When it comes to the deficit let's be honest. Blaming health care for the deficit is foolish, we have two wars that Republicans refused to fund which makes health care costs look like pennies.
  • by Don r. Location: Coldwater on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    Please stop Mark Shaurer from saying "Lets be clear". A shot each time he says it is leading to a massive "HANGOVER".
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