Republican Governor Rick Snyder Falling Out Of Favor In Michigan

This is not a good sign.  If the eventual GOP presidential nominee is to unseat Obama in 2012 that road goes through the Midwest, and it could include Michigan.

Over the last few weeks we’ve found that voters in Ohio and Wisconsin have quickly soured on their new Republican Governors, John Kasich and Scott Walker respectively. But Michigan’s Rick Snyder wasn’t like Kasich and Walker. He campaigned as a moderate and won by 18 points in a state bluer than either Ohio or Wisconsin while his counterparts were just squeaking by in their races. You would think that even if Snyder’s popularity has fallen after two months in office it hasn’t fallen as far as Kasich and Walker’s.

Think again. Snyder actually now has the worst numbers of this new trio of GOP Governors, with only 33% of voters approving of him to 50% who disapprove. And despite his overwhelming victory last fall voters now say that if they could do it over they’d pick Virg Bernero over Snyder by a 47-45 margin. Snyder’s current status is definitely emblematic of the adage that the higher you climb the farther you fall.

What’s happened to Snyder? What made him such a formidable candidate last fall was incredibly strong support from independents and an unusual amount of crossover appeal to Democrats. Neither of those things has lasted. His approval with independents is now just 32% with more of them at 44% disapproving. That’s a remarkable drop given that our final poll of the race last fall found him leading by 40 points with those voters. He’s also down to just a 10% approval with Democratic voters. If there’s any silver lining in his numbers it’s that he does maintain strong support within his own party- 68% of Republicans approve of him to 13% disapproving.

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