David Yates Jun. 12, 2014, 6:42pm

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - A new poll shows Gov. Rick Snyder leads his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, by five points.

According to a Wednesday Mitchell Poll, Snyder leads Schauer by a 46-41 percent margin, with 13 percent of likely voters still undecided.

In an earlier April survey, Snyder had led Schauer 49-37 percent.

"Gov. Snyder's support has probably eroded as a result of all the tough issues he has been dealing with since April," said Steve Mitchell, chairman of Mitchell Research & Communications.

"The results in the governor's race are really tied almost directly to the governor's favorable-unfavorable rating (47-41 percent). Schauer's name ID is only 63 percent... less than half the voters can say whether they like him or not. The Republicans have been very effective in defining Schauer in a negative way,"

In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic Congressman Gary Peters now leads former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land by a 45-42 percent margin, the poll shows.

"In the U.S. Senate campaign, Congressman Peters is much stronger with women than men and has solidified his Democratic base more than Land has solidified her GOP base," said Mitchell. "More importantly, Peters has a 7 percent lead with independents. However, this race remains very close."

The poll was conducted Friday.

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