Polls, Rick Snyder — March 6, 2013

Another day, another poll showing that pretty much nobody likes Michigan Governor Rick Snyder


You know who REALLY likes Rick Snyder? Nobody.

[Image by Donkey Hotey for Eclectablog. Not for reuse.]

Rick Snyder has given numerous signals that he intends to run for a second term as the Nerd in Chief of Michigan. The problem is that not only do Democrats despise him, he’s wildly unpopular among Republicans, too. He’s especially hated by the far-right tea party element of the GOP.

A Lambert, Edwards & Associates poll out last week conducted by Denno Research tells the tale. Here’s what they said in their press release titled “Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Gets Mixed Marks on Job Performance; Few Voters Consider Him a `Centrist’”:

45 percent of 600 likely voters polled Feb. 23-24 had an unfavorable opinion of Snyder, while 38 percent had a favorable opinion and nearly 17 percent were unsure. The results showed Snyder may have some fence-building to do with fellow Republicans, since only 40 percent of GOP voters had a favorable opinion of Snyder – not that much different than Democrats, where 38 percent had a favorable opinion. The telephone poll had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The Republican governor’s decision to sign right to work legislation – referred to by Snyder as “freedom to work” – also has hurt him with voters, the survey shows. Forty-seven percent of likely voters said they’re less likely or much less likely to vote for Snyder because he signed the legislation in December, while just 29 percent said they’re more likely or much more likely to vote for him because of that issue. Twenty percent said it would make no difference in their vote.

While three-fourths of Democrats and two-thirds of union households said they were less likely to vote for Snyder in 2014 because of right to work, a majority of independent voters – 51 percent – also said the move made them less likely to back Snyder. Only 19 percent of independent voters said they were more likely to vote for Snyder because he signed right to work legislation. Fifty-six percent of Republicans said they were more likely to vote for Snyder for supporting the issue.

In a recent email from the Tea Party of West Michigan talking about the vote to accept a grant to form a health insurance exchange in Michigan under the Affordable Care Act, you saw this:

Yesterday I was really upset over what the MI House had done to us. Or should I say half of the Republicans in the House had done to us. {…}

For three years we’ve been telling them that this would break the backs of the party if they went ahead with it and they just didn’t listen. The Insurance, Hospital, and big pharma, AND THE GOVERNOR (PROBABLY QUID PRO QUO FOR HIS BRIDGE SIGN OFF BY OBAMA) turned them from their constituents. It no longer mattered what we thought. {…}

Half of the REPUBLICANS AND THE “REPUBLICAN” GOVERNOR, treated us all the same way they treated the Unions when they did this to the Unions.

(Note the use of all caps were exactly as they were in the original email.)

So Democrats don’t like him, Independents don’t like him, and the tea party REALLY doesn’t like him. Toss a widespread tax onto Michigan voters to pay for road and bridge repair so that businesses don’t have to pay another dime and you’ve got a recipe for electoral failure in the realm of a landslide. All Democrats need to do is put up a viable candidate. Let’s get going, folks.

NOTE: this post is the debut of one of several new caricatures of Governor Rick Snyder created for Eclectablog by the legendary Donkey Hotey. The images are a collaboration with our own Anne C. Savage whose photos were used for the pieces. We’ll have more about the collaboration in a subsequent post. When we ask you for donations during our quarterly fundraisers, this is the type of thing you’re helping to pay for: unique content not available anywhere else.

  • Ramona

    I’m not usually a cynic but when it comes to Republicans and politics, I’m right up there at the top. I guess it comes from having been burned so many times before. I never believed Reagan would get a second term. I never believed GW Bush would beat Al Gore (I know, I know–he didn’t. But he WAS president). I never believed GW Bush would get a second term.

    Closer to home, I never believed John Engler would make it past his first term. I never believed Rick Snyder would beat Verg Bernero and become governor. So forgive me if I can’t get all excited about his unpopularity right now. I have no doubt when the time comes, every Republican, Tea Party or otherwise, and many Democrats will give him another chance, no matter who our candidate turns out to be.

    (Believe me, I HATE myself for feeling like this. I also thought when Barack Obama became president–twice–the Republicans would bite the dust. They have an Eye of Sauron in the Koch Brothers, et al, and unless there are some valiant Hobbits out there trying with all their might to destroy it, this is how it ever shall be.)

    • Ramona, you have hit so many proverbial nails on the head with your comments, it’s scary. I do hope you’re wrong though!

  • The teaparty are merely republicans that like to tell themselves they are something more, something out of the ordinary run of republican, because telling themselves they’re different, they’re special gives them warm, fuzzy feelings inside…

    But first, and foremost, they ARE republicans, and just like every other republican they will fall in line to support Snyder if he runs for another term just like they fell in line, and supported Romney.

    I live in Western MI, and the very same “teaparty” that howled, and complained about Romney during the repub primaries put Romney stickers on their cars, Romney signs in their yards, and I have no doubt voted for Romney on election day once he became the official republican nominee.

    A republican is a republican is a republican… Don’t feed their fragile little egos by going along with whatever feel good term they chose to call themselves because being a republican became an embarrassment after the bush years.

    I don’t care if they want to call themselves the “teaparty”, or the “extra super awesome fuzzy bunny league of incredible hulks”, they’re still nothing but republicans.

    • Michael McGuinness

      “extra super awesome fuzzy bunny league of incredible hulks” < — LIKE.

  • onewhogetsit

    I say the many in the tea party are nothing but useful idiots for the billionaires, they are angry, and rightfully so, however they direct their anger in the wrong direction and continually vote for those that make things worse, not better. I have always said, many are only concerned with the world as far as the end of their nose, they usually are gullible chumps until they get kicked in the head. Well we shall soon see many in red states get kicked in the head when the full force of the sequester kicks in.

  • kirke123

    where are the leaders? we need young blood and i still believe dillon would make a great canidate, but if the new dem leader doesnt start using a bullhorn we will once again become a sinking ship. all the public schools are upset with no difference in republican areas. the time to strike is now, so new dem leader whats planned?

  • I would hate to see the inside of Nolan Finley’s office with this poll out there. Few things about Ramona’s comments most people knew the Nerd was going to win in 2010 for 3 reasons 1. the media pretty much helped him every step of the way. 2. Unfounded backlash against Governor Granholm and 3. nobody showed up to vote. Think about this the Nerd’s boss Kingpin Dick got more votes when he got his ass kick by Granholm then he did when he won.

    Sure Republicans might rally around him but I think the Democratic support he got in 2010 is gone, there wasn’t a right-wing smoking gun to bust the Nerd in 2010. He ran as a moderate and there wasn’t a lot to prove he was far from a moderate and the media barley challenge him on anything. What makes things different now he exposes himself as either a right-wing Republican or worst a weak knee Republican that gets bullied by the far right-wing of his party.

    Another thing that’s working against him he probably motivated folks in Detroit to vote next year and if the city and southeast Michigan come out and vote there’s pretty much nothing the various wingnut parts of the state could do to save Snyder if they wanted to. Plus the Republicans have put him in a couple of tough spots with their anti-women legislation. And he probably alienated many white blue-collar workers that for some fucked up reason vote Republican when signed right to work into law.

    Not saying it will be easy to unseat the nerd, because dude is going to have his cash along with the Koch Brothers cash and Boss Dick’s cash we gotta make sure people don’t go back to sleep on these issues and if we do that the Nerd reign is over but be ready for 2014 lame duck if the Nerd gets beat.