Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who took office in January, has dropped in approval ratings, Michigan Radio reports. According the Fall 2011 State of the State poll by Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, 19.3 percent of residents thought Gov. Snyder was doing a good job. Here are details about the polls.
* Gov. Snyder's popularity has been declining since he took office, earlier MSU State of the State surveys showed. When the governor took office, he had a 44.5 percent approval rating; by spring it was 31.5 percent. The most recent survey shows 2.4 percent think Gov. Snyder is doing an excellent job, 42.1 percent say he is doing a fair job and 38.5 rate the performance as poor.
* Within his party, Gov. Snyder is losing ground, says MSU professor of economics and survey director Charles Ballard. "The percentage of the Republicans who gave either an 'excellent' or 'good' to Gov. Snyder was cut in half. From the mid-60s to the low 30s … that's a really big drop," Ballard told Michigan Radio.
* Michigan residents are disgruntled about other issues. Most said in the survey they were optimistic about their financial status. They were feeling more hopeful again for the first time since 2007. That sense of improvement fell off about midway through 2011, survey analysts say.
* The federal government is losing favor in Michigan, the MSU survey showed. President Barack Obama's rating fell from 44.5 percent to 40.5 percent. Less than 1 percent of Michigan respondents rated Congress an excellent or fair grade. Nearly 60 percent gave federal legislators failing marks.
Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben writes about people, places, events and issues in her native state of "Pure Michigan."
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