Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Right to work costs favorability

Governor Rick Snyder, who lost almost all of his favorability when he signed into law, legislation that made Michigan a right to work state. It is a very unpopular law in Michigan, 40% support it with 50% who oppose, which just about matches his approval rating. His rating has fallen to 40/52. Former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer announced his candidacy for the 2014 Michigan gubernatorial election. He has 38% name recognition but yet manages to lead Governor Snyder 42-38 in a head-to-head match-up. Public Policy Polling has noted that while Snyder has time to make up for his low marks, he has consistently been running behind his competition and his approval has declined.

Republicans in the state legislature are also feeling the effects of passing unpopular legislation. Their favorability is 27/59. While the Democratic members of the state legislature aren't doing much better 38/43, they lead Republicans in a generic ballot match-up 48-38.

The state legislature might improve their popularity by passing a law that would raise minimum wage to $10/hour. 49% of those polled supported the measure while only 43% opposed it. It wouldn't surprise me if Michigan passed a similar measure to make up for the badwill that they are feeling for the “right to work” legislation.

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