May 26, 2009
Lansing insiders are aware of Bishop’s incompetence
Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, took the biggest dip in approval ratings from Lansing insiders in a survey conducted by the subscription only Capitol newsletter MIRS and EPIC/MRA last week.
The Capitol insider's survey was e-mailed to well over 1,000 lawmakers, lobbyists, association executives and executive branch officials over a three-week period that ended last week. The last one was conducted two years ago, and Bishop received a 59 percent positive job approval rating. However, this past survey gave him the biggest downward swing with only 28 percent who now think he's doing a positive job. That cannot bode well for his bid for Attorney General. The fact that the GOP Senate caucus has blocked any meaningful legislation and his refusal to compromise to accomplish anything has a lot to do with the rating.
His counterpart in the House, Speaker of the House Andy Dillon, D-Redford, received a 43 percent overall positive job approval rating.
In a demonstration that the buck stops at the top and the person in charge gets the blame, Gov. Jennifer Granholm received a dismal rating of just 16 percent. But the good news is that 80 percent of the insiders believe Lt. Gov. John Cherry will be the Democratic nominee for Governor next year.
The Republican side is very muddled, but Attorney General Mike Cox is the leader with just 24 percent. In second place was Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land with 17 percent, along with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who has said he is not a candidate. U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, was in third with 16 percent.