Michigan voters remain disenchanted with governor

Michigan voters remain disenchanted with the job being done by Gov. Rick Snyder and the direction the state is heading, according to a poll released Monday. In the survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, 33 percent gave the GOP governor a positive job rating, while 62 percent gave him a negative rating and 5 percent were undecided. The results were virtually unchanged from EPIC-MRA's July poll. Forty-two percent of those polled last week said they have a favorable opinion of the governor, while the same percentage have an unfavorable opinion.
AP Wire
Aug 23, 2011


Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said the governor remains undeterred by the poll results.

“He remains fully committed to making the tough decisions that ensure Michigan turns the corner and sees brighter, stronger days for all,” she said. “He’s hopeful that

Michiganders will realize and witness that firsthand over time, and that his approach of relentless positive action will make a difference. There have been several recent small signs that we’re heading in that direction.”

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed, however, said they think the state is on the wrong track, while 31 percent think it’s headed in the right direction and 15 percent are undecided. Those results are similar to July’s findings.

The Aug. 13-16 poll of 600 likely voters had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.



This is a typical response whenever discipline is necessary. It's similar to the teenage response to
restrictions and correction from their parents. At the time, they hate it, hate their parents, and are determined that they are being treated cruelly and unfair. Yet, they get older, become wise and realize that what their parents did was for their own good and benefit. The "crunch" we're feeling in Michigan is necessary discipline in order to get us back on the right track. The 33% are more likely those who are well aware of what's happening to our state and are willing to make the sacrifices necessary. The ones apposing our governors "tightening down" are likely still in the "me" stage of adulthood, thinking only of the moment...if it feels good do it...if I want it, I can have it. Well, that is the very mentality that got us into this mess.

DP Roberts

Michigan has long been a state noted for manufacturing. Now, much of the manufacturing jobs are sent overseas. This reduces significantly the revenue that the state of Michigan collects. The corporations close manufacturing facilities and therefore they no longer pay taxes to the counties and states. The employees that no longer have these manufacturing jobs no longer pay income tax. If they're lucky they find another job, typically at a much lower wage and pay lower income tax. Retail stores that once enjoyed profits from people who had higher wage manufacturing jobs now find their sales are reduced and some of them close. Now there is another empty storefront and again less revenue coming to the counties and state. Thus, with all this reduction in revenue the State of Michigan must reduce expenditures. This typically means offering less services and also paying less for the services still offered. As long as this scenario continues to play out it doesn't matter who the governor is, this is what needs happen. Governor Granholm likely should have cut more costs more quickly. But, she had significant progress in the right direction for bring new manufacturing jobs to Michigan. Governor Snyder is effectively reducing costs and hopefully will also bring new manufacturing jobs to Michigan.


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