• Mike Duggan leads Benny Napoleon in Detroit race for mayor, poll finds

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    Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon, left, and Mike Duggan, right. / Detroit Free Press and courtesy photos

    Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon, left, and Mike Duggan, right. / Detroit Free Press and courtesy photos

    Coming off a surprisingly strong win in Detroit’s Aug. 6 primary, Mike Duggan still leads Benny Napoleon nearly 2-1 among voters with just six weeks left before one of them becomes the city’s next mayor, according to an exclusive Free Press/WXYZ-TV poll.

    Duggan, the former chief of the Detroit Medical Center, was favored 49% to 25% for Wayne County sheriff Napoleon, the poll of 400 likely Detroit voters found. About 26% of respondents were undecided.

    Duggan’s lead was outside the poll’s margin of error of 4.9 percentage points and nearly mirrors his showing in the city’s primary, when he captured 51% of the vote despite having been booted from the ballot over residency issues and running as a write-in candidate.

    Napoleon may be losing momentum; his approval ratings among likely voters have fallen significantly. A May Free Press/WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) poll found his approval rating at 63% favorable and 20% unfavorable; this latest poll shows those who view him favorably now at 43%, and his unfavorability numbers at 35%. Favorarability numbers for Duggan, on the other hand, rose slightly, to 56% from 52% in May, while his unfavorability numbers remained at 19%.

    EPIC-MRA of Lansing conducted the poll of 400 likely Detroit voters Sept. 17-19 for the Free Press and WXYZ-TV.

    Follow the latest poll results in the Detroit Free Press

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