Believe State and Country on Wrong Track
Optimistic About Michigan Economy

Lansing – Michigan voters think the State and Country are “pretty seriously off on the wrong track” according to a recent statewide survey conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG). Fifty-two percent believe the state is on the wrong track while 63 percent believe the country is on the wrong track.

At the same time, a plurality of voters think the Michigan economy has gotten better in the last year and are somewhat optimistic about next year’s performance. Thirty-nine percent believe that the Michigan economy has gotten better compared to a year ago while only 18 percent think it has gotten worse.

Looking ahead to a year from now, 43 percent believe the Michigan economy will get better and only 15 percent think it will get worse.

“Michigan voters are somewhat schizophrenic. They don’t like the current direction the state and nation are heading but they feel much better about the Michigan economy and where it is going,” said Tom Shields, President of MRG. “If their optimism about the Michigan economy is realized in the next year it may result in a good year for incumbents like Governor Rick Snyder.”

The actual wording and results of the questions are below.

Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?

Right Direction: 27%
Wrong Track: 63%
Don’t Know (Volunteered): 10%
Refused (Volunteered): 1%

Do you feel things in the State of Michigan are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?

Right Direction: 36%
Wrong Track: 52%
Don’t Know (Volunteered): 12%
Refused (Volunteered): *

Compared to a year ago, do you think the Michigan economy has gotten better, gotten worse or stayed about the same?

Better: 39%
Worse: 18%
About the Same: 42%
Don’t Know (Volunteered): 1%
Refused (Volunteered): 0%

Thinking about a year from now, do you think the Michigan economy will be better, will be worse or will stay about the same?

Better: 43%
Worse: 15%
About the Same: 35%
Don’t Know (Volunteered): 8%
Refused (Volunteered): *

Marketing Resource Group’s Spring 2013 MRG Michigan Poll was conducted March 17 through March 23. The poll was conducted by live professionally trained telephone interviewers. The random sample, consisting of 600 likely voters who indicated that they will be voting in the November general election, has a margin of error of ±4 percentage points or less within a 95 percent degree of confidence. The cluster sample was drawn from a list of voters likely to vote in the November general elections, which is determined by their participation in previous statewide general elections. The individuals included in that list and their voting histories are updated monthly. The poll sample is stratified by statewide voter turnout and is geographically representative of general election voter turnout in Michigan. 20 percent of the respondents are likely voters who live in cell phone-only households. Those respondents were manually dialed, contacted and interviewed on their cell-phones and they indicated that they do not have a land line telephone in their homes.

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