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Joe Biden leads President Trump in Michigan 53% to 41%, doubling his lead over the incumbent since January, according to a poll of 600 likely Michigan voters conducted by EPIC-MRA for the Detroit Free Press.

Why it matters: Michigan, which Trump won by more than 10,000 votes in 2016, is considered an important battleground state in the upcoming election.

  • In an earlier EPIC-MRA survey conducted in January, Michigan voters favored Biden over Trump 50% to 44%.
  • Since that poll, the state has been hit hard by the coronavirus and the subsequent economic disruption.

By the numbers: Of those surveyed, 43% identified as Democrats and 38% as Republicans.

  • Independent voters in the state are backing Biden over Trump, 63% to 23%.
  • 63% said the country is heading in the wrong direction, up from 50% in January.
  • 41% of voters approved of Trump's handling of the pandemic, while 58% disapproved.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), a potential Biden VP pick who has repeatedly been attacked by Trump during the coronavirus crisis, has an approval rating of 55% positive and 43% negative, up from 43%-50% in January.

  • 60% commended her handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Methodology: EPIC-MRA surveyed 600 Michigan voters by telephone between May 30 and Wednesday. The margin of error is ±4 percentage points. The sample used was 40% cellphone users.

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