Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder struggling in a new poll

By Richard K. Barry

It is not a good thing when you are a sitting governor and you are statistically tied with two opponents who are not well known to voters. Such is the position in which Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder finds himself.

EPIC-MRA of Lansing polled 600 Michigan voters earlier this month, asking them a series of questions about the governor, who has not yet formally announced his re-election plans, along with former U.S. Reps. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek and Bart Stupak of Menominee, who have both hinted at possible gubernatorial runs.

Schauer led Snyder 39-38 percent. And Snyder led Stupak by the same margin. The problem for Snyder is that only 25 percent of those polled said they knew Schauer and only 44 percent said they knew Stupak.

According to MLIVE:

But the results "speak volumes about Snyder's low performance amongst independent voters," said EPIC-MRA pollster Bernie Porn, who noted that Stupak and Schauer both polled strongly in their home districts and have plenty of time to boost their profiles around the state if they decide to run.  If they're able to raise the money they need, they can introduce themselves and get their name recognition up quickly."

Like I said, not a good thing for a sitting governor.

 (Cross-posted at Phantom Public.)

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