Snyder’s approval rating remains in the basement

Gov. Rick Snyder remains extremely unpopular and could face a daunting fight for re-election, according to a new independent poll released this week.

Only 38 percent of voters give favorable marks to Snyder’s job performance, according to the poll, conducted this month by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA. That’s compared with 58 percent who think he’s doing a poor job.

Snyder’s latest dismal numbers are consistent with other polls conducted since he and legislative Republicans jammed through Michigan’s so-called “right-to-work” law in early December.

A mid-December poll by Public Policy Polling put Snyder at a 38 percent approval rating, while a February EPIC-MRA poll showed only 36 percent of voters approved of his job performance.

It’s easy to see why Snyder is so unpopular: Since taking office in January 2011, he has: cut $1 billion from K-12 schools to help bankroll a nearly $2-billion tax break for corporate special interests; pushed for the corporate takeover of schools and communities; robbed school employees and other middle-class workers of many of their collective bargaining rights; and championed the rushed passage of right-to-work, after saying for months that it was not on his “agenda.” 

The latest poll surveyed 600 Michigan voters and was conducted April 13-16. The margin of error was plus/minus 4 percentage points.