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Crowd of protesters in Michigan as House debates anti-union bills.
Michigan Republicans knew what they were doing when they attached appropriations to the anti-union legislation they passed last week, making it difficult or impossible for voters to overturn. Because Michigan voters are not happy about the new law. A new PPP poll finds that:
Only 41% of voters in the state support the right to work legislation, while 51% are opposed to it. If voters got to decide the issue directly only 40% of them say they would vote to keep the law enacted, while 49% would vote to overturn it. This comes on the heels of voters overturning Snyder's signature emergency managers law last month. The simple reality is that Michigan voters like unions—52% have a favorable opinion of them to only 33% with a negative one.
Accompanying this, Gov. Rick Snyder's approvals have cratered, dropping from having the approval of 47 percent of voters and disapproval of 37 percent to having the approval of just 38 percent, with 56 percent disapproving. Snyder has gone, in other words, from +10 to -18 in just about one month. Apparently abruptly changing your long-held position away from the will of the voters, trying to package a bill likely to lower average worker pay by $1,500 a year as a pro-worker bill, and signing extremist legislation passed by a lame duck legislature does not help a governor's popularity. Who could have guessed?

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:30 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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