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Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 5:09 p.m.

Michigan residents down on economy, Gov. Snyder

By Staff

Nearly half of Michigan's residents say they're worse off now than they were a year ago, and more than 60 percent believe their economic situation will stay the same or get worse, according to an report.

That's according to quarterly State of the State survey conducted by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.

Asked if they believed they were better off now than a year ago, 20.1 percent said yes, down from 28.6 percent in the spring 2011 survey and 30 percent in the winter 2011 survey, according to the report.

Gov. Rick Snyder's favorable rating also has plummeted again, and has fallen consistently since taking office.

Only 19.3 percent of Michigan residents rated Snyder's job performance as "excellent" or "good," down from 31.5 percent in the spring survey and 44.5 percent when he came into office, the survey said.

Read the full report.



Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 4:24 p.m.

Personally, I am better off than I was two years ago. how the Big Bad Gubment is involved in this rise in income and outlook I have no idea, probably very little. So tired of everybody blaming the gubment for everything! Businesses are sitting on TRILLIONS of dollars, corporate profits are up more than GDP. The money is out there, put it to work., HERE IN THE USA! Corporate profits grew 36.8 percent in 2010, the biggest gain since 1950, according to Friday's latest report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Buy local, buy Made in USA. That will have more positive effect on attitudes than any tax policy.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 4:11 a.m.

Snyder's approval rating at 19.3% is below Gov Granholm's 20% when she left office. At 19%, he's not much higher than the US Congress approval rating. Let's hope this is a wake up message for him and he puts the brakes on the radical republican tea party social re-engineering on nearly every issue imaginable, and gets to work on building bipartisan relationships and begins working on fixing the economy and developing creative approaches to job development. Let's stop the gay bashing, the welfare bashing, the unemployment bashing, the safety net destruction, and actually do something positive for a change!

David Briegel

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 3:08 a.m.

It truly boggles the mind how this "new" brand of TeaPublicons have managed to con the American people into voting for the biggest heist in American history. The billionaires have had their way with the party of silly and delusional people and are well on their way to the biggest con job of electing whichever bimbo can escape the TeaPublicon gauntlet! The transfer of wealth from the honest working people of America into the hands of these select few privileged members of our society is beyond the imagination! Of the rich, by the Fortune 500 and for the Billionaires. American Exceptionalism!


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 2:11 a.m.

You get what you vote for Michigan residents... and a large majority of you voted to protect the wealthy in the state of Michigan at the expense of your future and your children's future. Good luck!

John Q

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 2:02 a.m.

Just wait when Michigan taxpayers sit down to do their 2011 taxes and find a big gift from Snyder and the Republican legislature in the form of higher taxes. Millions of taxpayers are going to see their tax liability go up this year thanks to the "no new taxes" Republicans.

Tom Todd

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 1:06 a.m.

I'm jumping for joy at adding $120 to my already expensive sticker plate renewal,also can't wait to pay more for gas to fix the roads.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 1:05 a.m.

There may a tad touch of &quot;agenda&quot; in this survey, given the survey director's previous opinions: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 12:26 a.m.

I, along with many thousands of other Michigan residents have seen improvement in my financial situation - but ONLY due to the fact that Social Security payments kicked in to fill the gap. So now I'm supposed to support Republicans who want to either trash Social Security or hand it over to &quot;private investor&quot; companies which have such a &quot;WONDERFUL&quot; reputation for taking care of their clients??~!! I know sarcastic comments can't kill: but I sure as heck wish they could! No matter which political &quot;side&quot; is taken: basing crucial economics decisions on Ideologic Mythology is a BIG mistake and a BIG betrayal of the very people who're supposed to be the benefactors. Anyone looking for rosy future improvements from Snyder's ideologic economics is a fool. Meaning: we've had many years (going back to Reagan) of &quot;results&quot; from these ideas which essentially say: keep cutting government and lowering taxes - it will all magically work out because we have this &quot;infallible&quot; thing going where we give the the top most wealthy a free ride and let the rest of the country sink into serfdom. Both parties have run out of competent candidates: what we're getting now from our votes is a gang of paid lackeys and addle-minded idiots who don't understand their duty to America and Americans. Rick Snyder is a wealthy guy and likes to make that his foremost &quot;credential&quot; - but then turns to his supporters to pay him for his &quot;trouble&quot; of being governor of Michigan. Are you kidding me?!


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 11:51 p.m.

I wonder what the National survey would reveal? I know 3 years ago I was better off than I am now!


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 4:18 p.m.

&quot;personal responsibility&quot;?

Basic Bob

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 11:25 p.m.

Am I better off than a year ago? Sure, but I'm still recovering from the economic downturn that hit me in 2009. That has nothing at all to do with the jokers in Lansing, past or present. Let's be clear, Virg Bernero would have plunged Michigan into the stone age. I would have supported a more sensible Democratic candidate. If the Democrats can't do better next time, the governor with an unfavorable rating just might get reelected.

Stephen Landes

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

The TV-Internet generations have spoken based on their wisdom gleaned from watching issues resolved in 22 minutes or, at worst, one TV season. The reality is that changes in taxation, budgets, and programs at the state level do not take effect until January 2012. While much has been accomplished to date, assessing the impact on one's prospects based on passed legislation and planned changes amounts rating Thanksgiving dinner on the table setting, but BEFORE eating the meal.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 6:47 p.m.

I agree, Drew!


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 5:41 a.m.

Rob, I ve seen enough from Tricky Ricky after 11 months


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 4 a.m.

So we should wait 2 years before giving an assessment then? LoL


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 12:25 a.m.

You make January 2012 sound like its a decade away. Im sure you noticed all the businesses camped out on US 23 at the Mich-Ohio border just waiting for the clock to ring 12:00Am 1/1/12 and ride in and save their good buddy Gov Schneidly. Just more 8.00 hr jobs that the &quot;Job Creators&quot; aka Republicans love to brag about. Gov Schneidly better get down on his knees and kiss the auto sectors recovery or his booty would be grass by now