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Majority Of Mich. Voters Say Governor Snyder Is Doing A Good Job

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(WLNS) - Michigan economists have released the most recent State of the State survey.

They put out four of them every year and they outline how state residents feel about their local and federal governments.

6 News Joe Khalil spoke with those economists and has more.

The survey measured approval ratings for both the president and congress. It turns out Michigander's give President Obama a slight boost in approval. Almost 40 percent of people in the state rated his performance as excellent or good.

Economist Doug Roberts, who organized the survey in part says normally when the economy is improving it's good news for the incumbent.

It's a different story when it comes to congress, but it's also no surprise that almost nobody approves.

Congress approval rating in Michigan is just 9 percent.

The economists did things a little differently for this survey. They said they looked specifically at political polarization.

They found Michigan isn't really a polarized state in any category, except when it comes to the president.

"The only data that I think does show polarization is when you ask people who identified as democrats, do you support the president, it's a very big number, somewhere around 70 percent," said Douglas Roberts, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

Roberts continues, "if you ask people who identify as republican, do you support the president,t the answer is very small. So in that sense, those who identify one party or the other, they are very much polarized on the president."

With the race for governor right around the corner, we took a good look at the polling results for Governor Snyder's approval rating. 

Only 22.6 percent of Michiganders say the Governor is doing a poor job. Nearly 40 percent rate him as either good or excellent. His opponent Mark Schauer officialy turned in his signatures for the Governor's race.  

We talked to democratic candidate Mark Schauer about those results.

"I'm not sure what poll you're talking about. What I see and more importantly what I hear, I talk to voters all over the state, is the Rick Snyder they got as governor is very different from the one that ran in 2010," said Mark Schauer.
"The tough nerd has been tough on our kids, on our families. That's not our Michigan and that's why I'm confident that people are ready for change," said Schauer.

He says he's not nervous about Snyder's popularity. It's interesting, Charles Ballard, who put the survey together, points out Snyder's current numbers are very similar to Jennifer Granholm's numbers, just before she won her re-election campaign.

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