polls http://michiganradio.org en 37% of you would rather live somewhere else than Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/37-you-would-rather-live-somewhere-else-michigan <p>I mean, it's not like we're living in Hawaii, after all.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan is "above the national average" for t</span>he number of people who say they'd rather live somewhere else,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/168770/half-illinois-connecticut-move-elsewhere.aspx#1" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Gallup poll</a>.</p><p>Here was the question they put to the 600 people they reached by phone in Michigan:</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:53:58 +0000 Mark Brush 17469 at http://michiganradio.org 37% of you would rather live somewhere else than Michigan New poll shows strong support for wolf hunt in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-strong-support-wolf-hunt-michigan <p><a href="http://mrgmi.com/2013/10/michigan-poll-wolves-not-as-popular-as-doves/">A new poll</a> shows strong support for a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s gray wolves have rebounded from near extinction in the U.P.&nbsp; &nbsp;Last winter, Michigan&rsquo;s gray wolf population was estimated at 658.&nbsp; But as the wolf population has grown, so have the number of attacks on livestock and household pets.</p><p>Next month, Michigan will hold a limited wolf hunt.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:29:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 14854 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows strong support for wolf hunt in Michigan Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes http://michiganradio.org/post/polls-suggest-federal-government-shutdown-hurting-3-michigan-congressmens-reelection-hopes <p>The reelection chances of three Michigan congressmen might be hurt by the federal government shutdown.</p><p>The poll numbers show Republican Congressmen <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi7results.pdf">Tim Walberg</a>, <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi11results.pdf">Kerry Bentivolio</a> and <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi1results.pdf">Dan Benishek</a> all trailing significantly behind a generic Democratic opponent.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14751 at http://michiganradio.org Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes Is legalizing gay marriage on Michigan's horizon? http://michiganradio.org/post/legalizing-gay-marriage-michigans-horizon <p>Yesterday, <a href="http://swampland.time.com/2013/05/14/minn-governor-to-sign-bill-allowing-gay-marriage/">Minnesota’s governor signed a bill </a>that made gay marriage legal in the state.</p><p>Could Michigan be the next state to make steps towards legalizing gay marriage?</p><p>Given the state’s current constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage, probably not anytime soon.&nbsp; But more Michiganders support gay marriage than they did a year ago.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130514/POLITICS02/305140459/Poll-Majority-Michigan-now-support-gay-marriage?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">According to a state-wide poll</a> released to <em>The Detroit News</em> and WDIV-TV Channel 4 on Tuesday, 56.8% of Michigan residents support gay marriage. That’s a 12.5 percentage point increase since May 2012 when 44.3% of Michiganders supported gay marriage.</p><p>Opinions have drastically changed since January 2011, when only 38% supported gay marriage.&nbsp;</p><p>Republican opinion has shifted the most – 36.5% of Republicans supported gay marriage in the most recent poll compared to the 20% who supported it in 2012.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 17:45:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12579 at http://michiganradio.org Is legalizing gay marriage on Michigan's horizon? New poll shows Michiganders holding conflicting views of 'fracking' http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-michiganders-holding-conflicting-views-fracking <p>A new poll shows a slim majority of Michiganders support natural gas fracking, though they want the industry to face more regulations and pay more taxes.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s natural gas industry has grown as companies have used a technique called Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking, to break up shale deposits releasing natural gas.</p><p></p><p>Critics complain fracking is contaminating drinking water and causing other environmental problems.</p><p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 19:21:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12558 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows Michiganders holding conflicting views of 'fracking' Revenge of a Michigan nerd: Nate Silver's election night victory http://michiganradio.org/post/revenge-michigan-nerd-nate-silvers-election-night-victory <p>President Obama defeated one Michigan native Tuesday night, but in doing so contributed directly to the landslide victory of another.</p><p>Obama’s victories in a number of swing states vindicated the predictions of East Lansing native and celebrity political forecaster Nate Silver.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 21:13:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9859 at http://michiganradio.org Revenge of a Michigan nerd: Nate Silver's election night victory Presidential campaign heats up in Michigan as poll shows race tightening http://michiganradio.org/post/presidential-campaign-heats-michigan-poll-shows-race-tightening <p>Republicans are hoping to put Michigan's Electoral College votes back in play with $3.7 million worth of TV ad buys in the state as the campaign heads into its final week.</p><p>As <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121031/NEWS15/121031052/conservative-group-announces-anti-obama-ads">the Detroit Free Press reports</a>, the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity announced an ad buy of $1.5 million Tuesday, while the Super PAC Restore Our Future has purchased $2.2 million of air time.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:52:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9716 at http://michiganradio.org Presidential campaign heats up in Michigan as poll shows race tightening Romney closes on Obama in new poll; Stabenow extends lead http://michiganradio.org/post/romney-closes-obama-new-poll-stabenow-extends-lead <p>A poll released yesterday by EPIC-MRA of Lansing shows the presidential race tightening in Michigan.</p><p>Aided by a strong debate performance, Mitt Romney has reduced President Barack Obama’s ten point lead to just three points—within the margin of error for the poll <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121008/NEWS15/121008081/Michigan-Obama-Romney-poll">reports the Detroit Free Press</a>.</p><p>From the Free Press:</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:24:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9432 at http://michiganradio.org Romney closes on Obama in new poll; Stabenow extends lead Obama, Stabenow remain on top in new Michigan poll http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-stabenow-remain-top-new-michigan-poll <p>A recent <a href="http://media.mlive.com/elections_impact/other/MRGFallPoll12AGMLIVE.pdf">poll</a> of likely voters by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group has President Barack Obama and Senator Debbie Stabenow maintaining slim leads in Michigan.</p><p>MLive has the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/09/poll_barack_obama_slightly_lea.html">story:</a></p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:35:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9155 at http://michiganradio.org Obama, Stabenow remain on top in new Michigan poll Republican women liked what Ann Romney had to say about her husband (but will it sway others?) http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-women-liked-what-ann-romney-had-say-about-her-husband-will-it-sway-others <p>Michigan's female delegates to the Republican National Convention not surprisingly give high marks to Ann Romney for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/28/160216442/transcript-ann-romneys-convention-speech">her speech</a> last night.</p><p></p><p>Now the focus shifts to her husband Mitt, to see if he can build support among women voters. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 05:03:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 8860 at http://michiganradio.org Republican women liked what Ann Romney had to say about her husband (but will it sway others?) Commentary: Absentees for All http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-absentees-all <p>The other day, I told my significant other she should plan to be out of town on election day. &ldquo;Was it something I said?&quot; she asked. Well, no. It&rsquo;s the way election law works in Michigan. We may all face a ballot that is as long as the proverbial bed sheet.</p><p>Not only are there a vast number of candidates and races, we could be asked to decide on four, eight, possibly 11 different complicated ballot proposals. Do you know what would happen if every voter stayed in the booth till she or he managed to figure all this out? We&rsquo;d all still be in line in four years.</p><p>Naturally, nobody does that. So people either skip the proposals or take uninformed guesses. In the case of judicial candidates, too many of us go for familiar or judicial-sounding names, which is why there are a lot of judges named Kelly.</p><p>We also, oddly enough, elect trustees of our three biggest universities, and what&rsquo;s even more bizarre, elect them on a partisan basis. Since almost nobody has ever heard of any of these folks, the winners tend to be of the party that wins the top of the ticket.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7937 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Absentees for All New poll shows Gov. Snyder's approval rating slipping http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-gov-snyders-approval-rating-slipping <p>Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s approval rating has taken a tumble.&nbsp;&nbsp;Michigan State University&rsquo;s <a href="http://news.msu.edu/story/9640">&lsquo;State of the State Survey&rsquo;</a> recently polled more than 900 Michiganders.&nbsp;&nbsp; The survey found the governor&rsquo;s approval rating fell from 44% in March to 31% today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Charles Ballard heads the survey.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says the poll&rsquo;s results are not surprising, given the state of the economy and the governor&rsquo;s push to cut state spending and restructure Michigan&rsquo;s tax system.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 14:41:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 3631 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows Gov. Snyder's approval rating slipping Poll: Many local leaders say Mich. on wrong track http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-many-local-leaders-say-mich-wrong-track <p>After seeing lawmakers cut their funding and give financial managers sweeping new powers, half of local government leaders say they think Michigan is on the wrong track while a third saying it&#39;s headed in the right direction.</p><p>The survey released Thursday by The Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan also shows 37 percent give Gov. Rick Snyder a positive job rating while just 21 percent give that rating to the Legislature.</p><p>Eighty-six percent say their own governments are going in the right direction.</p><p>The biannual survey was conducted from April 18 to June 10 and is based on responses from 69 percent of the 1,856 local government units in Michigan. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 1.5 percentage points. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 10:21:45 +0000 The Associated Press 3605 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Michigan voters split on Obama job rating http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-michigan-voters-split-obama-job-rating <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A poll finds that President Barack Obama&#39;s favorability rating rose among Michigan voters after Osama bin Laden&#39;s death.</p><p>The poll, however, finds that most state voters are unhappy with how he&#39;s handling the economy.</p><p>The EPIC-MRA poll released Tuesday showed 53 percent of 600 likely voters polled May 9-11 had a favorable opinion of the Democratic president, up 9 points since February. Forty percent had an unfavorable opinion and 7 percent were undecided.</p><p>A third gave him a positive job rating on handling the economy, while 66 percent gave him a negative rating and 2 percent were undecided.</p><p>Half gave Obama a positive job rating for conducting foreign affairs and waging the war in Afghanistan.</p><p>The poll had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Tue, 17 May 2011 16:27:03 +0000 The Associated Press 2533 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Michigan voters split on Obama job rating New poll shows drop in Snyder popularity http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-drop-snyder-popularity <p>A new poll shows Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s popularity is falling among Michigan voters. The poll, released by <a href="http://www.epicmra.com/pressroom.htm">ERIC-MRA</a>, shows 44 percent of likely Michigan voters had a favorable view of the governor. Twenty-seven percent had an unfavorable opinion. As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-ap-mi-snyder-poll,0,2105402.story">notes</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Shortly after the Republican took office, an EPIC-MRA poll of 600 likely voters found 59 percent viewing Snyder favorably and 8 percent unfavorably.</p><p>Fifty-three-percent of those in the new poll say they oppose Snyder&#39;s plan to tax pensions, while 41 percent support it.</p></blockquote><p>In a article about the new poll titled, &quot;<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110303/NEWS06/103030679/Looks-like-honeymoon-s-over-Gov-Rick-Snyder">Looks like honeymoon&#39;s over for for Gov. Rick Snyder</a>,&quot; the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110303/NEWS06/103030679/Looks-like-honeymoon-s-over-Gov-Rick-Snyder">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Voters also did a U-turn on Snyder&#39;s job performance -- 38% positive and 15% negative in January to 32% positive and 36% negative in February -- and on the overall direction of the state.</p><p>In the late January survey, Michiganders seemed to have emerged from a decade-long funk: 43% said they thought the state was headed in the right direction.</p><p>That number slumped to 36% in the latest EPIC/MRA poll, with 42% saying Michigan is on the wrong track.</p></blockquote><p>Meanwhile, Governor Snyder will continue to talk about his plan to reinvent the state at the Pancakes and Politics breakfast in Detroit today. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:51:55 +0000 Zoe Clark 1487 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows drop in Snyder popularity Poll: Majority of MI voters have favorable opinion of Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-majority-mi-voters-have-favorable-opinion-snyder <p>Fifty-nine percent of Michigan voters surveyed <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/01/michigan_poll_favorable_rating.html">in a new poll</a> say they have a favorable opinion of Governor <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Rick Snyder</a>. The new poll by Lansing-based <a href="http://www.epicmra.com/index.htm">EPIC-MRA</a> shows 8 percent of Michigan voters surveyed had an unfavorable opinion. Thirty-three percent were undecided. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:03:37 +0000 Zoe Clark 1057 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Majority of MI voters have favorable opinion of Snyder New poll shows favorable opinion of Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-favorable-opinion-snyder <p>A <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110119/NEWS06/101190375/1318/Poll-Michiganders-looking-up">new poll</a> shows 59 percent of likely Michigan voters hold a favorable opinion of Governor Rick Snyder. The poll was released on the eve of Snyder's <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/countdown-snyders-first-state-state-address">first State of the State address</a>.</p><p>Nine percent of likely voters say they have an unfavorable opinion of the new governor.&nbsp;</p><p>When asked, 41 percent of respondents said they think Michigan is not headed in the right direction, 39 percent said it is.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-michiganvoters-po,0,2611346.story">results of the poll</a> have a margin of sampling area of four percentage points. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:31:10 +0000 Zoe Clark 929 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows favorable opinion of Snyder