GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new poll Michiganders believe things are generally headed in the right direction in the state, the economy is improving and President Obama has a higher favorable rating than Gov. Rick Snyder.
Those are among the results of a
new EPIC-MRA poll released Wednesday.
By a margin of 46-39, residents think Michigan is headed in the right direction. An overwhelming percentage of respondents, 57-32, think the statewide economy is improving.
Gov. Snyder's favorability took a hit between December and the poll taken between Feb. 5-10. In December, residents had a 55% approval rating for the governor. But after the contentious and eventful lame duck legislative session at the end of 2012 -- during which a right-to-work law was passed and signed -- Snyder's approval rating dropped 13 points to 42%.
Additionally, 61% of respondents said Snyder is doing a "just fair" or "poor" job as governor, while 36% said he is "excellent" or "pretty good." Those numbers are also different from December, when he was viewed positively by a slim 51-48 margin.
"His slippage from a 51 to 48% positive job rating to a 61 to 36% negative job rating was clearly influenced by his actions on right-to-work, but could have also been influenced by his proposals to a much lesser extent on a proposed gas-tax increase and an increase in vehicle registration fees,"
EPIC-MRA concluded in their release. "Snyder’s slippage in personal favorability from a 55 to 32% favorable opinion to a 46 to 42% unfavorable opinion, is also likely heavily influenced by his decision to support right-to-work legislation."
When respondents were asked, "Do you favor or oppose the decision by the Michigan Legislature and Governor Snyder to make Michigan a 'Right to Work' state?" 45% are in favor and 50% oppose.
Respondents were also asked if they would support a state constitutional amendment redrawing congressional districts to make them actually more competitive between parties, 46% favored the idea and 35% opposed it.
Overall, respondents self-identified as Democrats more than Republicans by a margin of 42-37.
The survey of 600 people has a margin of error of +/- 4%.
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FredSmith | June 1 2013 10:17am
I'm a Democrat..I guess- and I don't have a problem with right to work. I have a problem with the way they did it. I think unions protect the lazy and the stupid, but I also think they get a fair wage for people's time. I don't understand why Republicans don't want people to get paid a fair wage or get decent health benefits. My wife makes 20 hourly at her union shop, but at non union shops for the same job they only pay 10 hourly. These are jobs that require a high degree of math skill and computer operation yet most companies only want to pay 10 an hour for it. Disgraceful. Yet these companies want you to treat their business like it's the only thing in your life. Big business is a joke.
Shoemama | February 13 2013 2:52pm
What do you expect from a poll that had mostly Democrats? Right to Work was so vilified that all Dems will say they hate it.
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