The self-proclaimed “Pimp of the Nation,” Kid Rock, wouldn’t exactly be a typical Senate candidate because of his unpredictable political rhetoric language. However, his popularity ratings aren’t dramatically different from other more traditional politicians in Michigan.
36 percent of registered voters in Michigan have a favorable opinion of Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie. That is compared to 34 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of him and another 30 percent aren’t sure or haven’t heard of him according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.
Kid Rock announced in a mid-July tweet, that he was considering a run for Senate and verified that KidRockforSenate.com was a legit website. Many observers were skeptical that he will actually run. Some Republican groups are carefully considering whether Kid Rock could harness anti-establishment sentiment to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
At a favorable net rating of +2, Kid rock enjoys a sunnier popularity score than either the state’s Republican governor, and also known as the Nation’s Republican President, Rick Snyder. Governor Snyder is viewed favorably by 37 percent of voters, while 48 percent view him unfavorably; Donald Trump’s favorability in the Wolverine State is also underwater, at 34 percent favorable, 59 percent unfavorable.
Kid Rock, who would not likely be able to use his stage name on the ballot, may be getting a look from less traditional GOP voters because of his celebrity status and about a quarter of Republicans aren’t sold on his bid. He gets a favorable rating from 44 of Republicans in the state, while 25 percent of GOP voters say they aren’t fans. But he performs fairly well with independents (38 percent favorable / 30 percent unfavorable), and he appears to be benefiting from his name recognition among younger voters, who view him positively by a margin of 45 percent to 29 percent. Forty-two percent of white voters without a college degree also rate him positively, compared to 29 percent who disagree.
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