Jun 9, 2009
Michiganders rejecting false tea party rhetoric and the GOP
For all of the Republican’s false tea parties, socialist bull and anti-government rhetoric, it is having zero effect, and Michigan residents are displaying an increase in public trust of government at all levels over the past year.
The annual State of the State Survey, conducted by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University, showed high approval ratings for President Barack Obama. The survey has been conduced fur times a years since 1994, and the last survey was conduced from January to March 25 and surveyed 1,000 Michigan adults.
In fact, 70.7 percent rated President Obama as “Excellent” or” Good.” This is the highest since 2002. That is in sharp contrast to last year’s survey when only 13.7 percent rated former President Bush as “Excellent” or “Good in the fall of 2008,” an all-time low.
Clearly, Obama’s popularity and leadership have inspired confidence in government, but it has also helped Gov. Jennifer’s Granholm’s rating. The survey also showed a slight boost in her public approval rating, despite the Republicans trying to blame her for the Bush recession and every ill the country has suffered because of Bush’s disastrous policies.
Her ratings are obviously low, and Obama’s leadership showed that for the first time in the history of the survey, more people trusted the federal government than they did state government. Generally, people most trust the government that is closest to them because government is their friends, neighbors and relatives.
But the most positive sign for Michigan is that more than 40 percent of those polled identified themselves as Democrats while fewer than 20 percent identified themselves as Republicans.
The gloomy economy in Michigan was a major issue in the survey, and almost 70 percent said they were worse off now than they were a year ago. However, almost half believe they will be better of in a year from now.
The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) is a nonpartisan public policy network at MSU dedicated to connecting legislators, scholars and practitioners through survey, evaluation and applied research, policy forums and political leadership briefings.