Michigan Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot by ten points and remain tantalizingly close to the not-so-magic 50% mark, according to numbers just released by Public Policy polling. "Just 27% have a favorable opinion of [legislative Republicans] to 59% with a negative one, and their 25/61 spread with independents is even worse than their overall numbers." Democrats, on the other hand, "look good enough in comparison to the Republicans to hold a 48/38 lead on the generic legislative ballot."
What's dragging down Michigan Republicans? The most likely culprits are Right to Work and GOP Governor Rick Snyder. As PPP's Tom Jensen explains, "Snyder continues to be one of the most unpopular Governors in the country with only 40% of voters approving of him to 52% who disapprove," and "Snyder's role in the passage of right to work legislation continues to be a big problem for him. Just 40% of voters support that law to 50% who oppose it, numbers that have not seen any improvement since the initial furor after it passed in December."
The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan House Democrats have unveiled a package of middle class tax cuts, mostly aimed at repealing a series of wildly unpopular Republican-backed tax hikes that were passed in 2011. Specifically, Democrats will introduce "bills that will repeal the tax passed in 2011 on seniors' pension income, restore the Earned Income Tax Credit to 11%, as well as child deductions and the homestead property tax credit."
Unfortunately, Michigan Republicans immediately announced that as long as they remain in control of state government, the Democratic plan is dead on arrival. "Their chance of accomplishing the goals, however are twofold: slim and none, according to Republicans who hold the majority in the House and Senate, as well as the governor's office." Voters seem to agree with that assessment, which is perhaps one reason why recent polls indicate an historically massive early lead for Democrats in the next election.
According to the latest survey from Public Policy Polling, Michigan Democrats continue to hold a massive early lead in the generic state legislative ballot question. PPP's Tom Jensen writes that "Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot 48/36, including 41/28 with independents."
The Democratic edge is, remarkably, down from a massive 24-point advantage PPP found in the immediate aftermath of the recent lame-duck legislative session in which Republicans rammed through "legislation to make Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state;" "a replacement emergency manager law, less than two months after voters rejected the former law;" and "bills that make it tougher to recall state lawmakers."
Michigan patients will be find better health care in hospitals in their state if a proposal being advocated by Michigan Democrats become law. According to Craine's Detroit Business, "[bills] have been introduced in the Michigan Legislature requiring hospitals to work with nurses to develop staffing plans that would include a minimum number of nurses per patient in such departments as intensive care, pediatrics and surgery."