EXCLUSIVE POLL: Michigan Voters reject Proposal 1, Emergency Manager law

(WXYZ) - Michigan's controversial Emergency Manager Law may soon be off the books! 

In an exclusive poll commissioned by WXYZ, the Detroit Free Press and our statewide media partners, 43 percent of 600 likely voters say they will reject Proposal 1, the referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011. 

Thirty-five percent are in favor of the new law that puts stronger teeth into the measure passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.  Eighteen percent of our respondents are still undecided on the issue, and 4 percent won't vote on it at all.

Bernie Porn, President and Co-founder of the polling firm that collected the data, says Proposal 1 "may be more of a referendum on how the Michigan electorate feels about adding a more intrusive law on the books that deals with emergency managers than Governor Snyder whose favorability and job performance numbers have been improving. "  Porn notes that given Michigan's rich history of collective bargaining, "Almost 60 percent of union workers and families are voting "no."

Proposal 1 is also a politically divisive issue. Forty-eight percent of Republicans like it compared to 54 percent of Democrats who dislike it. Proposal 1 gets it strongest support from GOP men at 51 percent. Its strongest opposition comes from Democratic men at 62 percent, and Independent women at 42 percent.

A "yes" vote upholds the Emergency Manager Law, a "no" vote rejects it.  Our WXYZ/Detroit Free Press survey was conducted October 26 – 29 and has a margin of error of + 4.0%.


Proposal 1 is a referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011, called the emergency manager law. If the election were held today, would you vote YES to approve of Proposal 1 and continue the emergency manager law, would you vote NO to repeal the law, or, would you not vote at all on Proposal 1?           

43%    Total No Vote

35%    Total Yes Vote

18%     Undecided/Refused

  4%     Would not vote at all on the proposal

Print this article Back to Top