The real debate in this state is over how we self-identify.
The Michigander vs. Michiganian debate rears up every so often.
We last heard about it during last fall's gubernatorial race.
Democratic candidate Virg Bernero preferred Michiganian, while Republican candidate Rick Snyder preferred Michigander (my spell check likes neither, by the way).
Snyder grabbed the victory and told the crowd to drop all the divisive labels... except one. From MLive:
Snyder told his victory party in Detroit that it was time to "drop the labels" of party, ideology and geography. "There is only one label that matters and that label is Michigander."
The Lansing-based PR firm Resch Strategies decided to feel the state's pulse on this question. They contacted 600 Michiganians/Michiganders at the end of January and asked them, "Do you consider yourself a (ROTATE: Michigander or a Michiganian)"?
- 58% said Michigander
- 12% said Michiganian
- 7% said both
- 11% said neither
- 12% didn’t know
Online Poll (warning, extremely scientific)
We thought we'd try to gauge your preference: