PPP's newest Michigan poll finds that Rick Snyder's numbers are not recovering yet following the plunge they took in December after he signed the right to work law. Only 37% of voters in the state approve of the job he's doing to 54% who disapprove, numbers basically identical to a 38/56 spread when we polled Michigan 11 weeks ago. Snyder's at just 34/56 with independents.
The right to work law continues to be a major contributor to Snyder's problems. Only 39% of voters in the state support it, while 48% are opposed. Those numbers are pretty similar to the 41/51 spread we found in December- the passage of time isn't changing voters' opposition to the bill.
Snyder trails every Democrat we tested in hypothetical reelection contests. Congressman Gary Peters does the best, leading Snyder by 7 points at 44-37. 2010 nominee Virg Bernero has a 5 point lead at 43-38, representing a 23 point reversal from their first showdown when Snyder won by 18. And former Congressman Mark Schauer leads Snyder by a 40/36 spread.
It could get worse for Snyder before it gets better. These Democrats all lead despite having very little statewide name recognition- 46% of voters are familiar with Bernero and from there it drops to 35% who know Peters and just 30% who know Schauer. As a result the undecideds in all of these contests lean strongly toward people who disapprove of Snyder and voted for Barack Obama last year. Those are folks likely to end up in the Democratic column once the party has a candidate and that person builds up their name recognition.
Snyder may not be polling too well right now, but he's at least doing better than his brethren in the legislature. Republicans there have a 27/56 favorability rating, while the Democrats are on narrowly positive ground at 41/38. Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot 48/36, including 41/28 with independents. It should be noted though that that's a pretty big improvement for Republican from December, when they trailed 56/32 on that question.
At any rate nearly 3 months after the right to work law was passed, Rick Snyder and the Republicans in the legislature are still paying a big price for it in the court of public opinion.
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