Raleigh, N.C. – Democrats who looked a few months ago to be favorites for governor and Senate in Michigan are now on the ropes, casualties of the general dip in favor for Democrats around the country over the Affordable Care Act snafus.
The somewhat popular Terri Lynn Land edges Gary Peters for Senate, 42-40, and still fairly unpopular Gov. Rick Snyder tops Mark Schauer, 44-40. For Peters, that is a seven-point reversal from when PPP polled the state six months ago, when he led Land in a theoretical matchup, 41-36. For Schauer, it is a drop of eight points on the margin; in early June, he led the incumbent, 42-38. He led by four and five points in the two polls before that as well.
In both races, neither Democrat has become more unpopular, with both still fairly unknown (43% name identification for Peters and 36% for Schauer). But both Land and Snyder have upped their numbers. Only 40% approved, and 52% disapproved, of Snyder’s performance in June; that is now 42-49, a five-point reversal. Land was at a 29-21 favorability mark in the last poll, and 34-23 now.