Poll: Voters would reject emergency manager law

Jul 15, 2011

If Michigan voters were asked today whether they approve of the state’s new emergency manager law  the majority would say “no.”

That’s according to a poll released this week by Gongwer News Service.

Bernie Porn is with EPIC/MRA,  the Lansing-based firm that conducted the poll.

“A 53-34 percent majority would reject the law, except for Republicans who would support that. Democrats overwhelmingly said they would reject it," Porn says. " And even independent voters, by a 58-29 percent vote – a fairly solid majority – said they would reject it as well.”

Porn says the numbers were quite consistent across the state, except in Northern Michigan, where nearly 60 percent of the people asked were opposed to the emergency manager law.

The law allows managers to break union contracts and remove control from elected city councils and school boards.