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March 27, 2018

 

CONTACT

Tom Shields, Office: 517-372-4400, Mobile: 517-449-9810, toms@mrgmi.com

Dave Doyle, Office: 517-372-4400, Mobile: 517-449-9812, daved@mrgmi.com

Kara Douma, Office: 517-372-4400, Mobile: 517-896-5077, karad@mrgmi.com

 

State of the State of Public Opinion

  • Snyder’s Job approval turns slightly negative
  • Snyder personal ratings are dropping
  • Voters think state is on the wrong track
  • Voters still believe the economy will continue to improve
  • The number one issue is Roads

 

LANSING, Mich. – The mood of the Michigan electorate has become more negative towards Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the direction of state and the state’s economic outlook according to the statewide MRG Michigan poll conducted last week.

Only 39 percent of Michigan voters approve the job Governor Snyder is doing while 45 percent disapprove. The only areas of the state that approve of Snyder’s job performance are West Michigan (52 percent approve, 31 percent disapprove) and Northern Michigan (43 percent approve, 35 percent disapprove). Even Governor Synder’s GOP base support is at less than 50 percent approval (49 percent approve, 21 percent disapprove), Last year, Governor Snyder’s overall job approval was 42 percent with 40 disapproving of the job he was doing.

Right Track Wrong Track

For the first time since 2015, more voters in the state also feel that the state is on the wrong track compared to voters believing the state is on the right track (37 percent right track, 42 percent wrong track) The voter’s perception of the state direction more positive than their view of the nation (30 percent right track, 57 wrong track), but the negative turn in the attitudes of the electorate could predict a rough year for Republicans who have control of the state and federal governments.

“Michigan voters appear to have growing concerns with the direction of state and are not pleased with the job that Governor Snyder is doing,” said Tom Shields, President of MRG. “If this continues over the next 7 months, Democrats will have the mood of the electorate working in their favor.”

Economic outlook

The voters concerns about the direction of the state does not appear to be directly connected to economy as 38 percent expect the economy to improve in the next year and only 12 percent believe it will get worse.

Most important issue

For the first time in more than a decade, the economy is not the number issue. According to our poll, the number one issue now is our roads. Forty-nine percent of voters named roads as the number issue they are concerned about in the state. Roads are followed by education (42 percent) and jobs and the economy (34 percent). School safety was mentioned by 17 percent of the voters.

(The responses add up to more than 100% because each respondent was given the opportunity to name two issues).

The Questions and Results

The results and the wording of the questions asked by MRG follow. Also, below are trend charts showing both the Governor’s personal ratings and the State right direction/wrong track numbers since January of 2011.

Q. In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job Governor Snyder is doing as governor? [IF APPROVE / DISAPPROVE, ASK:] Would that be strongly (approve / disapprove) or just somewhat (approve / disapprove)?

Strongly approve …………………………..  12.8%

Somewhat approve ………………………  26.3%

Neither approve / disapprove ………..  11.8%

Somewhat disapprove …………………..  16.8%

Strongly disapprove ……………………….  27.8%

Don’t know ……………………………………    4.0%

Refused ……………………………………………..    –

 

TOTAL APPROVE…………………………….. 39.1%

TOTAL DISAPPROVE………………………… 44.6%

 

Q. Is your general impression of Rick Snyder very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative?

Very Positive………………………….. 13.7%

Somewhat Positive …………………… 30.5%

Neutral…………………………………. 12.0%

Somewhat Negative………………….. 16.8%

Very Negative ………………………… 25.7%

Do not know……………………………  1.3%

 

 Q. 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 ……………………………. 29.5%

Wrong track ………………………………….  56.7%

Don’t know …………………………………..  13.2%

Refused …………………………………………  0.7%

 

Q. Do you feel things in this 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 ………………………………  37.0%

Wrong track ………………………………….  43.5%

Don’t know …………………………………..  19.3%

Refused …………………………………………  0.2%

 

Q. Over the next year, do you think the economy in Michigan will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?

Better …………………………………………..  38.8%

Worse …………………………………………..  12.0%

Stay the same ………………………………  41.8%

Don’t know …………………………………….  7.0%

Refused …………………………………………  0.3%

 

Q. What is the most important issue facing Michigan …

 Economy/Jobs/wages ……………… ..  34%

Education Quality/Funding ………….  42%

Roads/bridges/Infrastructure …………  49%

Health Insurance/Access ………………17%

Taxes …………………………………  11%

Healthcare……………………………. 17%

Auto Insurance Rates…………………  23%

School Safety …………………………18%

Don’t Know………………………….    5%

Refused………………………………    2%

* totals are greater than 100% because respondents were give an chance to name two issues,

 

MRG Michigan Poll Spring 2018

The survey of 600 likely Michigan voters was conducted by live interview March 13- 17, 2018. The sample was randomly drawn from a listed sample of all registered voters with a history of voting and stratified by city and township to reflect voter turnout. In addition, quotas for gender and cell phone interviews were met within each geographic area, and extra efforts were made to reach African Americans. Thirty percent of the interviews were conducted with cell phone only or cell phone dominant households.

A sample of 600 likely voters in Michigan yields a sampling margin of error of ±4 percent with a 95 percent confidence interval. The sampling margin of error for subgroups may be higher depending on the size of the subgroup. Sample size of GOP primary voters = 195. Sample size of DEM primary voters = 233.

About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.

Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. (www.mrgmi.com) is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.

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