michigan state university state of the state survey http://michiganradio.org en Poll shows Governor Snyder may face problems in next year's election http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-shows-governor-snyder-may-face-problems-next-years-election <p>Governor Rick Snyder may be facing a tough re-election battle next year. A new poll shows the governor’s approval rating is holding in the mid-30s.</p><p><a href="http://ippsr.msu.edu/soss/presentations/SOSS66.pdf">Michigan State University’s "State of the State" survey </a>polled Michiganders earlier this fall. The pollsters found only about 36% of Michiganders approved of the job Snyder is doing in office. That’s actually an improvement.&nbsp; Last spring, after the Right to Work battle, Snyder’s approval rating dropped below 30% in the survey.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:11:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 15560 at http://michiganradio.org Poll shows Governor Snyder may face problems in next year's election Poll finds Michiganders are divided on right-to-work law http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-finds-michiganders-are-divided-right-work-law <p>A new poll shows Michiganders are deeply divided over the state’s new right-to-work law. The law takes effect today.</p><p>Under Michigan’s right-to-work law, workers can't be forced to join a union.</p><p>Michigan State University’s “State of the State Survey” asked more than a thousand people whether they thought Right to Work would be good for Michigan’s economy.</p><p>42.7 percent said it would be good.&nbsp; 41 percent said it would be bad.&nbsp; 16 percent said the right-to-work law would have no effect on Michigan’s economy.</p><p>Economist Charles Ballard is the survey’s director. He says right to work supporters tend to be overwhelmingly white, male, non-union conservatives, while opponents tend to be overwhelmingly minority, female, pro-union liberals.</p><p>“It doesn’t surprise me that the public is split. I think the public really is split and these survey results are a fairly accurate reflection of that,” says Ballard.</p><p>As an economist, Ballard thinks right-to-work will have little effect on Michigan’s economy.</p><p>“And on that basis, I’m thinking this issue probably will not go away,” says Ballard.</p><p>Michigan is the 24th state to adopt a right-to-work law. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:35:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 11907 at http://michiganradio.org Poll finds Michiganders are divided on right-to-work law