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Poll shows Governor Snyder may face problems in next year's election

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) (file photo)

Governor Rick Snyder may be facing a tough re-election battle next year. A new poll shows the governor’s approval rating is holding in the mid-30s.

Michigan State University’s "State of the State" surveypolled Michiganders earlier this fall. The pollsters found only about 36% of Michiganders approved of the job Snyder is doing in office. That’s actually an improvement.  Last spring, after the Right to Work battle, Snyder’s approval rating dropped below 30% in the survey.

Charles Ballard is the survey’s director. He says the poll gives an early hint to next year’s election.

“At minimum it’s quite likely that this governor’s race will be closer than the one we had four years ago, when all of the stars were aligned in favor of the Republicans and that’s not so much true now,” says Ballard.

Ballard points out former Governor Jennifer Granholm faced similar poll numbers the year before she won re-election.

The telephone survey of 978 Michigan adults, which has a margin of error of 3.1 percent, was conducted from Aug. 24 to Oct. 27. The government shutdown was Oct. 1-16; HealthCare.gov was launched Oct. 1.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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