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Statewide poll shows Governor Snyder with an overall job approval of 41%


A series of statewide polls is being released this week. Yesterday, EPIC-MRA focused on President Donald Trump’s approval rating among other things. Today a Michigan-centric survey on leadership and next year’s gubernatorial candidate matchups. WGVU breaks down part two.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted its survey from August 27th through September 1st polling 600 registered Michigan voters, reaching 30 percent of them by cellphone.

For starters, it asked if “things in Michigan are generally headed in the right direction, or, have things pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?” 48-percent say right direction while 37-percent conclude wrong track.

When it comes the question of Governor Rick Snyder’s overall job rating 41-percent give him positive marks while 57-percent provide a negative rating.

Voters polled were asked to describe themselves; 36-percent called themselves a conservative, 34-percent moderate, 17-percent liberal and 13-percent were undecided or refused to declare.

While it’s early, the poll takes a look at the November 2018 general election. If the election were held today, in a matchup between Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette, it’s a tie with each candidate receiving a 37-percent lean.

If the general election were held today with Democrat Geoffrey Fieger taking on Republican Bill Schuette, Schuette wins by a 10 point margin, receiving 43-percent of the vote to Fieger’s 33-percent.

The EPIC-MRA poll has a plus-minus 4-percent margin for error.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.