Local government leaders in Michigan gave Gov. Rick Snyder a significantly higher job approval rating in 2012 compared to a year ago, and the officials were much more optimistic about the state’s direction, a University of Michigan survey says.
But the state Legislature’s approval rate only grew slightly from last year and lagged far behind the governor’s, according to the study by U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
The growing optimism and higher approval ratings came amid improvements in the Michigan economy and significant policy changes that have been reshaping the relationship between the state and local governments.
“Other surveys around the nation have not been very favorable about the general direction of states or gubernatorial performance. These findings suggest that Michigan and its governor may be trending in more positive directions,” according to Barry Rabe, professor of public policy and director of the Ford School’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, which conducted the survey. U of M News Service