In Michigan
3:32 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Poll: Some voters say new constitution too costly

LANSING, MI – Many Michigan voters think holding a convention to rewrite the state's 1963 constitution is a fine idea - until they learn what it might cost.

49% of 600 likely voters surveyed by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA said they'd vote to hold a constitutional convention if the question was on the ballot Monday. 35% said they'd vote "no" and 16% were undecided.

When told a convention could cost taxpayers $45 million, only 23% supported it. Seventy-one percent opposed it and 6% were undecided.

Voters must decide every 16 years if they want to hold a convention to revise the state constitution.

Results of the Feb. 22-25 poll were released Monday. The poll's
margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.