If Election Was Held Today, Michigan’s Snyder Would Lose

If Michigan voters could do it over, they would pick Democrat Virg Bernero as governor over Rick Snyder by a slim margin. That's a major drop in popularity for Snyder who won by an 18 percent margin in November. And it's all due to his anti-worker policies.

Here's why Snyder lost favor so fast. According to a new Public Policy Polling survey released today, his financial martial law bill is hugely unpopular in the state with 50 percent of voters opposing it and only 32 percent supporting it.

Even more Michigan voters (59 percent-32 percent) believe public employees should have the right to collective bargaining and 49 percent would favor a state constitutional amendment to guarantee it and 37 percent would not. Even nonunion households understand the value of collective bargaining with 53 percent saying they support bargaining rights.

Snyder has fallen out of favor with his state's voters even more than his fellow Republicans Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have lost favor with their state's residents.

Just 33 percent of Michigan voters approve of Snyder's job performance, and 50 percent disapprove. The survey respondents also said if they could vote all over again, they'd pick Bernero over Snyder by 47 percent- 45 percent margin.

The poll summary says:

Snyder's ability to win big in a blue state was due to his successfully presenting himself to the voters as a centrist but he's lost that image with a lot of folks over the last few months.

For full poll, click here.

AFL-CIO now, Tues Mar 22 2011
Byline: James Parks

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