Is Kid Rock popular enough in Michigan to win?

Kid Rock, the provocative musician who calls himself the "Pimp of the Nation" and peppers his lyrics and political rhetoric with unprintable language, wouldn't exactly be a typical Senate candidate.

But, at least right now, the rocker's popularity ratings aren't dramatically different from other more traditional politicians in his home state of Michigan.

A new NBC News/Marist poll shows that 36 percent of registered voters in Michigan have a favorable opinion of Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie. That's compared to 34 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of him and another 30 percent aren't sure or haven't heard of him.

In a mid-July tweet, Ritchie announced that he was considering a run for Senate and verified that KidRockforSenate.com was a legit website. But many observers remain skeptical that he will actually run. Still, some Republican groups are carefully considering whether Ritchie could harness anti-establishment sentiment to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Stabenow, who has held the Senate seat since 2000, is only marginally more popular, with 39 percent of voters giving her a thumbs up, compared to 32 percent who have an unfavorable view.

And at a net positive rating of +2, Ritchie enjoys a sunnier popularity score than either the state's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, or the nation's Republican president. 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.

While about a quarter of Republicans aren't sold on his bid, Ritchie, who would likely not 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.

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He gets a favorable rating from 44 percent 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.

Stabenow gets a positive rating from 61 percent of Democrats in the state, while 14 percent disagree.

But more than half of young voters say they haven't heard of her or don't have an opinion.

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Kid Rock inducts rock band Cheap Trick at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Singer/Songwriter Kid Rock visits at SiriusXM Studios on February 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0216 -- Pictured: Musical guest Kid Rock performs on February 23, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kid Rock performs live onstage during the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival at Champions Park on October 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0168 -- Pictured: Musical guest Kid Rock performs on November 21, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kid Rock performs live onstage during the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival at Champions Park on October 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joey Foley/WireImage)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 20: Kid Rock performs on last night of 8 sold out shows during the $20 Best Night Ever Tour at DTE Energy Center on August 20, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 14: Kid Rock performs during the $20 Best Night Ever Tour at DTE Energy Music Theater on August 14, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
Kid Rock performs during Live Nation?s National Concert Day in New York May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording artist Kid Rock performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording Artist Kid Rock poses with The Harley J. Earl Trophy before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Recording Artist Kid Rock performs prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Kid Rock presents an award during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Recording artist Kid Rock appears during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Recording artist Kid Rock performs during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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