MSU Survey: Gov. Snyder Approval Tops Obama

(WLNS) – Even as President Obama’s approval rating in Michigan sags, Governor Rick Snyder’s ratings held steady. Those are the results of Michigan State University’s fall State of the State survey. The study also found consumer confidence in Michigan is holding steady.

Obama’s 34.9 percent approval rating in the fall survey dipped from the spring results of 38.4 percent. Those numbers declined from winter of 2013 when Obama’s approval rating was 48.4 percent in the state.

“Despite an improving economy, the president’s ratings have continued to sag,” said Ballard, MSU professor of economics. “Relatively weak ratings for the president probably contributed to the results of the midterm elections, in which Republicans won the governor’s race and increased their majorities in both houses of the Michigan Legislature.”

The survey also found that Governor Rick Snyder’s approval numbers rose slightly from 37.1 percent to 37.9 percent. Ballard says that Snyder’s numbers have been steady over the past three years.

Consumer confidence numbers also held fairly steady in the fall. Some 50.5 percent of residents rated their current financial situation as excellent or good. That’s down slightly from 51.3 percent in the spring, but the difference is not statistically significant.

“In the first decade of this century, Michigan’s economy slowed from high gear to low gear and then went into reverse. But we have now had five consecutive years of economic growth,” Ballard said. “That’s reflected in consumer-confidence numbers that are much better than they were in 2009.”

The telephone survey, including both cell phones and landlines, contacted 1,002 Michigan adults between Sept. 10 and Nov. 26. The margin of error is 3.1 percent. The State of the State Survey has been conducted since 1994 by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

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