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Posted on Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

Ann Arbor is Michigan's most popular city -- yes, even among Republicans

By Staff

Ask people to name their favorite city in Michigan, and they'll tell you it's Ann Arbor, according to a report in The Ann Arbor Journal.

The Journal says that in a new poll released by Public Policy Polling, almost two-thirds of Michigan residents who were surveyed listed Ann Arbor as their favorite city. The poll also measured the popularity of Gov. Rick Snyder and other elected officials. PPP noted that while it's not surprising that Democrats favored Ann Arbor "given the city's liberal reputation,'' Republicans also had a favorable view of our town.

To read the story in The Ann Arbor Journal, click here.



Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 11:54 p.m.

@Heady99: Why blame when the name of the organization conducting the poll is clearly listed?

Real Life

Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 9:21 p.m.

"Even Republicans like Ann Arbor." Do I detect a connotation of condescension? Ann Arbor has a lot going for it. An accessible downtown, shopping, restaurants, and the locals are fun to make fun of. It's tough being a conservative living in a one-party people's republic. But there is an active underground working to change hearts and open minds. We even have "Radio Free Ann Arbor", WAAM.


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 5:09 p.m.

Really - even Republican's like Ann Arbor - NOT - get your facts straight! To think that Ann Arbor was number one out of the whole country is absurd - who wants to live in Ann Arbor when all the city wants to do is try to find another way to take what little money you have left and then continue to give you less and less services - REALLY the best city in the whole country. Maybe after reading a few posts from they will get the true picture!

The Picker

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 1:28 a.m.

And your point about Billy Bob and Walmart is............


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 5:30 a.m.

I suppose because YOU think one way, the rest of the state does as well. YOU have taken the time to poll them. YOU are an expert at polling. I am sure your methodology of talking to Billy Bob at WalMart is the proper way to gather this type of information


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 5:11 p.m.

Excuse my mistake not the whole country but the State of Michigan - still NOT!


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 3:20 a.m.

Raleigh, N.C. – A new poll from Public Policy Polling fings that Governor Rick Snyder holds a negative approval rating with Michigan voters. 47% of voters disapprove of Snyder's job performance while just 40% approve. Despite the low approval numbers, voters appear to have little appetite for a potential recall of Snyder with 36% saying they would support such an effort and 55% opposing. Voters are nearly split on whether Rick Snyder or Jennifer Granholm has done a better job as Governor, with 41% choosing Granholm and 42% choosing Snyder. More voters oppose (45%) than support (38%) Snyder's recent signing of a law that bans benefits for same-sex partners of public employees. The Republicans in the State Legislature are viewed unfavorably by nearly 2 out of every 3 voters (20% favorable / 63% unfavorable). Democrats also have a negative approval rating (36/46) but they hold a 14 point lead in generic ballot polling for the Legislature with 48% of voters saying they'd vote Democratic and 34% saying they'd vote Republican. "The Republican legislature in Michigan is nearing Congress levels of unpopularity," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "Democrats should have a pretty good chance at taking back control of the House this fall."


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

In other words, BOTH parties are loathed. Whomever is currently in power draws the ire of the populace moreso then the one out of power. It seems to me that Michiganders on average do not care much for either party. i heartily agree! Both parties are bad for Michigan.


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 1:47 a.m., you are evil.... Even republicans like AA? What is wrong with you?


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 1:32 p.m.

Could it be that this phrase was used because so many that claim the GOP mantle consistently denigrate A2? This happens even though A2 has one of the lowest unemployment rates and highest per capita incomes in the state? Normally these stats would be seen as good, but, because some people "think" like BRAGG, they must find something to Whine about and pick at. Under no circumstances could folks like that admit that A2 is GREAT because of it's mix of citizens, that the hippies and liberals are what bring the artists and foodies to A2, that actually many of these people frowned upon do really run businesses and contribute significantly to the community. Taking a page from The Whiners Book, if you don't like it here...... Muskegon Heights looks good.


Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 11:54 p.m.

Will mention the rest of the story? 40% approval rating on Snyder. 55% oppose recall. Public Policy Polling is a democratic party polling firm. Where's "Mr. 19 Percent"?


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:25 a.m.

Um Soarty, the bogus survey is the MSU one. You know, the magic "19%" that brings you running. I see no discredit (partial or otherwise) in posting the biggest news in the most recent survey: a doubling of your favorite "19%" Snyder approval rating and a majority, even with margin of error, opposing a recall.


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 3:22 a.m.

I will post the real story: 47% disapprove of Snyder, 2/3 disapprove of republican legislature. Nice try twisting the facts yet again.


Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 10:23 p.m.

Ann Arbor is a GREAT city. It has a mish mash of clueless 60's throwbacks (who think everybody's money is their money) and pragmatic conservatives that create the financial stability needed to have a great city. Ann Arbor does have one great advantage it is a gravity well for public money and college tuitions and money cures all ills.


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 5:04 p.m.

Might want to that a higher crime rate as well. Bigger then Ypsilanti right now.


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Hey, let us not forget about the golden opportunity we have to create the envy of all with regards to Public Transportation!


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 12:58 a.m.

<a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Run by a self avowed socialist.


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 12:52 a.m.

yep, not a single liberal owns a business in A2, none. That failed People Food Co-op, it will never get off the ground. The Ark? Failure. The Performance Network will never make it. All of those UM spin-offs? Pure luck. Arbor Brewing? I give it a year, tops, liberals don't know how to run anything.