Governor Snyder’s Ratings Plummet Further: 50 Percent Disapprove of His Performance
On March 3, 2011 A2Politico posted a piece about a poll conducted by the Freep in which it was reported that 27 percent of Michigan voters polled disapproved of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s performance. In particular, during his first two months in office, Snyder had lost the confidence of independents and Democrats who had supported his candidacy in November 2010.
According to the early-March 2011 poll reported by the Detroit Free Press:
“The huge popularity Snyder had in polls taken in late January sank considerably. Forty-four percent view Snyder favorably, and 27% view him unfavorably. In January, 59% viewed him favorably and 8% unfavorably. That was after Republican Snyder’s inauguration and his well-received State of the State address. Since then, he presented his budget plan Feb. 17, which features a sweeping reduction of business taxes and higher taxes for many individuals.”
That poll of 600 Michigan residents was conducted by EPIC/MRA of Lansing. Bernie Porn works for EPIC and had this to say about the results: “Voters’ assessment of Snyder appears to have shifted quickly and sharply. The shift was most pronounced among Democrats and independents, who apparently don’t share the governor’s view that his budget and tax plan represent shared sacrifice. Snyder’s favorable rating among independents fell from 40% in January to 26%.”
On March 22, 2011, the Detroit News is reporting that a new poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, which surveyed 502 Michigan voters from March 18-20, found that Snyder’s approval rating had fallen sharply in just two weeks. Half of the voters surveyed disapproved of the Michigan Governor’s job performance. Officials at the polling company told the Detroit News that the margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Snyder responded to news of growing voter dissatisfaction in his job performance somewhat predictably. He was quoted as saying, “What mattered was what happened in November and I’m following through on what I campaigned on. I’m proud to say I said a number of things in the campaign and I’m following through. I believe over time the citizens of Michigan are going to be right there with me.”
Over time the citizens of Michigan are going to be right there with me? Seriously? Where would that be, exactly? In the top 1/2 of one percent income bracket? Not likely. Right there with the Governor who cuts money to K-12 education and sends his kid to a private school? Private school is pricey for people who earn $40,000 per year. Right there revoking health care benefits for just a single class of state workers and not all state workers?
As I wrote on March 3, 2011:
Would I be A2Politico if I didn’t once again say we have lots of Ann Arbor Democrats to thank for Snyder’s success? Ann Arbor’s Democratic state Senator Rebekah Warren was positively glowing when she got to lead Snyder to the podium the evening he delivered his state of the State address. She burbled to the media about how great it will be to spread the “successes” of Ann Arbor SPARK—investigative reporting to the contrary by the Detroit Free Press and the Mackinaw Center be damned.
There is a movement afoot to recall Governor Rick Snyder, which can be done, legally, after he has served six months in office.
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