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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s approval rating for handling of COVID-19 drops nearly 20% over 8 months

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s approval rating for her handling of the coronavirus has dropped 17% over 8 months, new data has shown.

Researchers from Harvard, North Western, North Eastern and Rutgers have released a new report as part of their ongoing “The Covid States Project” which surveys residents about their governor’s handling of the pandemic. Whitmer’s approval rating saw a massive decline, however. It was at an all-time high as recently as late June with a 69% approval rating, according to the data. Her rating quickly began to decline over the following months. As of February, her approval rating stood at 52%, a 17% drop, the data showed.

Michigan had some of the toughest lockdown restrictions, with Whitmer issuing a stay-at-home order that ordered residents to stay home until May 1, banning all public and private gatherings of any size, according to The Hill. Whitmer also banned the sale of seeds, forcing Home Depot to close certain sections like flooring, garden centers and plant nurseries deeming them to be “non-essential.” In November 2020 Republican Michigan State Rep. Matt Maddock joined with lawmakers to call for an impeachment of Democratic Michigan Gov, Gretchen Whitmer after she announced new coronavirus restrictions, according to Fox News 2 Detroit.

“The list of violations is long and the call is overdue,” Rep. Maddock tweeted Sunday, announcing his intent to work with Michigan legislators for impeachment hearings. Maddock argued the new restrictions violate an individuals’ constitutional rights, and that “ignoring court orders” is “impeachable conduct.” Gov Whitmer also came under fire in May 2020 when her husband attempted to flout her lockdown rules by asking the local marina owner if he could take their boat out on Memorial Day weekend.  Whitmer dismissed this as “a failed attempt at humour”.

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ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: DETROIT NEWS

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