Bishop led Democrat Suzanna Shkreli 49 to 31 percent in the Public Opinion Strategies poll of the 8th District, shared first with Roll Call.
Forty percent of likely voters had a favorable view of Bishop, while 19 percent had a unfavorable view of the GOP congressman. Shkreli remained mostly unknown. Thirteen percent had an favorable opinion of her while 4 percent had a unfavorable opinion.
Public Opinion Strategies surveyed 400 likely voters from Oct. 16-17, with a third of interviews conducted on cell phones. The poll had a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.
A poll conducted for the NRCC and Bishop’s campaign in mid-September gave the freshman Republican a slightly wider lead, 53-34 percent.
A survey from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Targeting and Analytics department from early October gave Bishop a six-point edge, 47 to 41 percent.
The conservative nonprofit advocacy group American Action Network recently announced a $700,000 reservation for TV and digital advertising in the Detroit and Lansing media markets for the final two weeks of the election. House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, still has air time reserved in Lansing that could be used for either the 7th or 8th Districts.
Shkreli raised $311,000 during the three-month Federal Election Commission reporting period that ended on Sept. 30. Bishop raised $166,000. But the freshman Republican has much more cash on hand. He has nearly $900,000 in the bank compared to Shkreli’s $150,000.