PPP's newest Michigan poll finds that Rick Snyder's approval numbers have declined further over the last three months, and that he is now all tied up with Democratic challenger Mark Schauer at 40%. Snyder had led 43/39 in April and 44/40 in December, on our previous two polls.
Snyder's sported consistently poor approval numbers in our polling, but they've now hit an unusually low point. Only 37% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 54% who disapprove. That's down from 40/48 in April and 42/49 in December. Snyder's disapproval with Democrats (78%) is higher than his approval with Republicans (66%), and he's at 38/53 with independents. Those numbers are all a far cry from 2010 when Snyder earned substantial crossover support from Democrats and won independent voters overwhelmingly.
Schauer continues to be relatively unknown to voters in the state. 49% have no opinion about him with those who do have one pretty closely split- 27% see him favorably and 24% see him unfavorably. That may be helping lead to the relatively large pool of undecideds. The undecided voters don't like Snyder- giving him a 16/68 approval rating. But they don't like President Obama either, rating him at 30/59. That makes for a complicated choice that's unlikely to send voters to one of the candidates or the other en masse. This is shaping up as potentially a very close race.
The picture in the Senate race is steady. Gary Peters led Terri Lynn Land 41/36 in April, and the numbers are exactly the same three months later. Land has seen her favorability numbers drop precipitously as the campaign has unfolded. In December she had a +11 net favorability rating at 34/23. By April that had declined to -3 at 28/31, and now it's declined further to -10 at 32/42. She's received a lot of negative media coverage and that's carrying over to voter perceptions of her as well. Voters are closely split on Peters at 26/28, little different from 26/27 on our April poll.
Other notes from Michigan:
-The Republicans in the legislature are incredibly unpopular, with a 24/56 favorability rating. The Democrats at least manage to break even at 39%. Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot at this point 48/34- 92% of Democrats are committed to voting for their party, while just 79% of Republicans say they're going to vote for theirs.
-Democrats are doing decently well in Michigan despite Barack Obama's unpopularity in the state- only 43% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 52% who disapprove.
Full results here