New Poll: Voter Support For Snyder Drops In Wake of Right-to-Work Fight

Actions have consequences, and in politics a positive or negative impact shows up in poll numbers.  

For Gov. Rick Snyder, the consequences of an abrupt December reversal on labor legislation appear to be a slippage in public support, according to survey results released Tuesday evening.

The poll by EPIC-MRA of Lansing -- released to the Free Press and WXYZ-TV -- found that 61% of Michigan voters surveyed from Feb. 5-10 gave Snyder a negative job rating, while 36% gave him a positive rating.

Those numbers contrast sharply with the same firm’s most recent previous poll, conducted at the end of November, when 51% gave Snyder a positive job rating, and 48% gave him a negative rating.

Between the pair of statewide telephone polls, Snyder did an about-face and backed the speedy passage of  right-to-work legislation. 

Paul Egan of the Freep's Lansing bureau summarizes other findings of the new survey: 

Snyder’s favorability numbers also dropped -- to 42% favorable and 46% unfavorable in the recent poll, from 55% favorable and 32% unfavorable at the end of November.

The live-operator poll of 600 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Egan quotes an aide to the governor as saying the results are "just a small snapshot in time." Public sentiment changes "when you take on big, controversial issues," she added.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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