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Most Successful Pol.  Lawmaker of the Year.  Gov. Candidate with Best Year.  Biggest Political Story.  Here We Go.


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.