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Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 – Lansing, MI – It’s almost 2018.  Who had the best 2017 among Michigan’s political class?  And, what was the biggest political story of the year?  More than 60 of Michigan’s top political professionals and observers were asked to weigh in and are ready to tell you.

Which Michigan politician had the most successful 2017?


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan - 23 percent
Attorney General Bill Schuette - 20 percent
Cong. Dan Kildee - 8 percent
Sen. Debbie Stabenow - 8 percent
Frm. Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer - 5 percent
Rep. Lee Chatfield - 5 percent

“Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s total landslide victory in his reelection effort this fall, along with continued progress in Detroit, gives him a victory in the race for most successful 2017 over Bill Schuette.  At this point in time, Mike Duggan is the head of the Democratic Party in Michigan.” Dennis Denno, President of Denno Research, said.

Which member of the Michigan legislature had the best 2017?

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof  - 19 percent
Speaker of the House Tom Leonard - 16 percent
Senator Mike Shirkey - 12 percent
Frm. Rep. and Lansing Mayor-Elect Andy Schor - 11 percent
House Democratic Sam Singh - 11 percent
Rep. Lee Chatfield - 7 percent

Which Michigan gubernatorial candidate had the best 2017?

Attorney General Bill Schuette - 70 percent
Frm. Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer - 20 percent
Dem. Candidate for Gov. Abdul Al Sayed - 7 percent
Other - 3 percent


“A winning statewide campaign needs to be built on a strong foundation, and Bill Schuette is well-positioned for the hard work ahead in 2018,” said Matt Resch, President of Resch Strategies.  “He’s building a strong, stable team, raising money and avoiding PR blunders.  In this, he’s unique in the current field of candidates.”

What was the biggest political story in Michigan for 2017?

Cong. John Conyers’ scandal and resignation  - 24 percent
Flint water crisis - 19 percent
High profile failures in state legislature - 17 percent
MSU/Nassar sexual abuse scandal - 7 percent
Part-time legislature proposal - 7 percent
Cong. Levin/Cong. Conyers retirements - 5 percent
Detroit Mayor Duggan landslide - 3 percent

The Pundit Poll is a survey on the latest political news and issues in Michigan. The survey uses emails to collect the compiled and confidential responses from political strategists, consultants, and insiders across Michigan, with the goal of offering an insider’s look at the political issues facing the state. A full list of the nearly 130 pundits in the poll can be found at:

Methodology: This was a Resch Strategies/Denno Research survey of Michigan political experts, pundits, and members of the media. This poll represents the responses of 60 individuals gathered via email between Monday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 20.

Matt Resch, Resch Strategies, 517-862-2075
Dennis Denno, Denno Research, 517-295-5325