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Trump Endorsement Takes Rogers From 27 to 67 Percent

03/21/24 05:02 PM By Team MIRS

(Source: MIRS.news, Published 03/20/2024) If you ever questioned the value of President Donald Trump’s endorsement in a Republican primary, question no more.


Republican U.S. Senate frontrunner Mike Rogers went from a field-leading 27% support among GOP primary voters to 67% after respondents were told the former president is backing Rogers, a former member of Congress from Livingston County.


“It’s unbelievable,” said Steve Mitchell of Mitchell Research & Communications. “A 40-percentage point bounce? It shows you how strong it is. I’m surprised it’s that much, but if you look at whom the endorsement is coming from, maybe I shouldn’t be.


“He absolutely has the strongest hold of the party that I’ve ever seen, and that includes Ronald Reagan. And I worked for Reagan in ‘84.”


Mitchell Communications’ March 15-16 survey for MIRS found that on the cold question regarding the Republican U.S. Senate primary, a 57% majority are undecided. Rogers is at 27%, former U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer is at 7%, former U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is at 6%, Southeast Michigan business executive Sandy Pensler is at 1% and “other" is at 2%.


When voters are told that Trump has “strongly endorsed” Rogers, he shoots up 40 points to 67 percent, while Meijer goes to 5 percent, Amash moves to 5% and Pensler remains at 1%. Undecided drops to 20%.


On the Democratic side, former U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin continues to have a huge lead over actor Hill Harper, 57 to 11 percent, while business executive Nassar Beydoun is at 3 percent.


In a head-to-head, Slotkin and Rogers are tied at 37 percent. Once the bios below were read, Slotkin was up 41 to 39 percent.


The bios were as follows:


Elissa Slotkin is a United States Congresswoman who has represented both mid-Michigan and Oakland County in Congress. Prior to serving in Congress, she served as a CIA analyst and as a Department of Defense official. Slotkin is described as a moderate but has voted in line with President Biden 100% of the time. 


Mike Rogers is a former law enforcement officer, State Legislator, and United States Congressman. He served in Congress from 2001-2015 and was chair of the House Intelligence Committee. He has written several books on terrorist activities and is currently a talk radio host. He says he will support President Trump.


Slotkin is leading among independents in this poll 42 to 33 percent. She’s doing well with women, younger voters and older voters, while Rogers is doing better with men and people between 45 and 64 years of age.


She’s leading in Oakland County, the I-75 Corridor and Mid-Michigan/Washtenaw/Monroe and Livingston.


It’s basically tied in West Michigan. Rogers is up in Macomb, Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.


The poll was conducted entirely by text messaging voters’ cell phones and sending them to a SurveyMonkey link. The sample was determined by a selection of the projected demographic turnout of the 2024 election.