(WJBK) - If the 250 or so members of the MSAE are correct, and many in town will howl at these results, the nominees for governor in 2018 will be Mark Hackel and Arlan Meekhof.
In a completely unexpected outcome, the membership of the Michigan Society of Association Executives had a chance to participate in an instant polling event during their annual winter meeting and rejected the popular wisdom that other Republicans and Democrats would win the nomination from their respective parties.
Instead of picking a Bill Schuette or a Gretchen Whitmer, 40% picked the Macomb County executive Mr. Hackel and get this, 38% selected the senate majority leader Mr.Meekhof who garnered less than 10% in the recent statewide poll of ordinary citizens. Coming in second in the potential GOP primary was Congresswomen Candice Miller at 26% followed by the aforementioned Mr. Schuettee at 24% and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley bringing up the rear at 12%.
Over on the Democratic side, the executives rejected the latest polling data giving Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan the lead over Ms. Whitmer. Instead the MSAE folks awarded second place to the former senate Democratic leader from East Lansingwith 30% of their vote, followed by Flint Congressman Dan Kildee at 16% and in last place, the mayor of Detroit at 14%.
In the race for president the membership was asked to predict whom the next President would be and coming away with a 10 point win over her nearest competitor was Hillary Clinton with 34%, followed by GOP Senator Marco Rubio at 24% and at 23% Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders. The frontrunner in Michigan, according to the recent statewide surveys, Donald Trump finished with 14% with Ted Cruz at 6%. The Jeb Bush name and Ohio Gov. John Kasick were not on the list.
A final question dealt with term limits and 49% wanted them eliminated, 42% favored modification to allow more time in office and 10% concluded leave them alone.
It goes without saying that this was not a scientific poll but certainly produced some interesting, if not, unconventional results.