Labor, Rick Snyder — December 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

PPP poll explodes myths of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as “popular centrist governor” & popularity of Right to Work


So much for THAT idea…

If you read the comments section of some of my coverage of the Right to Work for Less protest rally in Lansing, Michigan last week, you’ll see countless commenters, arriving here from and telling us violentunionthugracistdemocratliberalfreaks about how THEY are in the mainstream and that the new Right to Work for Less legislation is not only a good idea, it’s what the people of Michigan want. And they heap kudos on a governor they say has got it figured out.

Turns out they are completely full of excrement.

Public Policy Polling (PPP) has a new poll out and things look dire for our dear governor.

Just last month when we took a first look at the 2014 landscape we talked about how much Rick Snyder had improved his popularity during his second year in office and how he led a generic Democrat for reelection by 6 points, even as Barack Obama won the state comfortably.

Last week he threw all that out the window.

We now find Snyder as one of the most unpopular Governors in the country. Only 38% of voters approve of him to 56% who disapprove. There are only 2 other sitting Governors we’ve polled on who have a worse net approval rating than Snyder’s -18. He’s dropped a net 28 points from our last poll on him, the weekend before the election, when he was at a +10 spread (47/37).

There’s not much doubt that it’s the right to work law and his embrace of other actions by the Republican legislature that are driving this precipitous drop in Snyder’s popularity. Only 41% of voters in the state support the right to work legislation, while 51% are opposed to it. If voters got to decide the issue directly only 40% of them say they would vote to keep the law enacted, while 49% would vote to overturn it. This comes on the heels of voters overturning Snyder’s signature emergency managers law last month. The simple reality is that Michigan voters like unions- 52% have a favorable opinion of them to only 33% with a negative one.

Yeeouch. Here’s how he fairs among various potential gubernatorial candidates:

Candidate Spread
Virg Bernero 38-49
Rep. Gary Peters 39-47
Mark Schauer 39-44
Sen. Gretchen Whitmer 38-46

In other words, things are not looking good for Governor Snyder in 2014 no matter who the Democrats choose as their candidate.

I’ll be interviewing Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer later this afternoon. Seems to me we have a LOT to talk about.

[Snyder photo credit: Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]

  • la58

    Yes you do, a lot of things have to change. Lets talk about term limits and how to get rid of them.

    • Senators such as Barbara Boxer, Bernie Sanders, and many others including V.P. Biden are the best example of why I am against term limits.

      • la58

        What about the state level, by the time they figure out whats going on,there term out. Plus the fact they spend more time trying to get reelected and or finding a lobbyist job, then paying attention to the people that elected them.

        • My former councilperson (for nine years) began her career straight out of college (during which time she worked in the office of Councilman Joel Wachs and Mayor Tom Bradley) to working in Mayor Bradley’s office for ten years as Bradley’s liaison to the City Council, City Departments and the Community on public policy issues ranging from child care to homelessness to senior care and health issues. She is currently the Los Angeles City Controller and will be running for mayor in 2013. Not all those that enter into public service are looking to feather their nests. As to the need for politicians to spend much of their time fund raising, this is why many of us support campaign finance reform.

          Several years ago, Congress pass legislation requiring two years before a Legislator could become a lobbyist after leaving Congress. Before the law went into effect, Republican Trent Lott (MS) resigned his Senate seat early so that he could become a lobbyist for Chevron. Prior to that, Reprentative Billy Tauzin (R-LA), who while steering the Prescription Drug Act Part D through the House, was given a waiver so that he could negotiate a job as the President and CEO of PhRMA. Once the bill passed he resigned his seat and took the job lobbying for the very pharmaceutical companies that wrote the bill at a reported $1M+ per year salary. And just this past month, Senator DeMint (R-SC) resigned his seat to work for a “think tank” and apparently, since The Heritage Foundation is considered a 501(c)(3), it isn’t consider to be a “lobbying” group, although it is permitted to do some lobbying (go figure), thus Sen. DeMint can avail himself of the revolving door. But in spite of the Lotts, DeMints, and the Tauzins, many take their service working for the people as a calling. It is up to us, the voters, to determine their length of term at the poll.

      • Hobbes83

        Oh, so you’re for term limits because they kick out experienced pols and sweep in morons?

        • He said he’s AGAINST term limits.

          • Hobbes83

            Sorry, I replied to the wrong person. I meant to respond to Ia58.

  • Slowburninboyne

    No wonder I have been feeling poorer over the past 5 years. On top of a pay freeze, I’m paying more in taxes than the top wage earners! I hope people are starting to see the republican charade for what it is.

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  • Ernie Whiteside

    What continues to amaze me is that 38% of the voters like Snyder and 41% of them like so-called Right-to-Work legislation. Even if it is significantly less than half, that is a lot of voters! What species are they?