POLL: President Donald Trump slipping, Governor Rick Snyder improving

Posted at 6:14 AM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 12:14:14-04

President Donald Trump and the nation are slipping backwards, Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan are improving. That’s the result of an exclusive new EPIC MRA survey released first to WXYZ-TV 7/Detroit Free Press and our statewide media polling partners in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Flint.

As America’s Commander-in-Chief approaches his 6 months in office, 35% of 600 likely state voters believe the United States is headed in the wrong direction. Thirty-one percent like the direction our nation is headed and 14% are undecided.

President Trump’s popularity has also taken a hit. Fifty-three percent of Michiganders give the former New York businessman an unfavorable rating, 37% still like him and 17% don’t know what to think of the unconventional new leader. Sixty-one percent give the President a negative job performance rating compared to 35% who say he is doing a good job during his short time in office. In February of 2017, 56% of those surveyed gave President Trump a negative job performance rating.

But survey respondents have a better outlook on Michigan and its governor. Forty-two percent say the Great Lakes State is headed in the right direction, 40% feel the opposite and 18% are still trying to make up their opinion. Forty-four percent like Governor Snyder, 43% don’t like him and 13% have no opinion at all. In February of this year, Mr. Snyder’s unfavorable rating was eight points higher at 51%. Governor Snyder has a total negative job rating of 59%, 38% give him a positive rating and 3% are still thinking about it.

Bernie Porn, President of the Lansing-based EPIC MRA summed up President Trump and Governor Snyder this way, “Trump is having great difficulty due to his many controversies, tweets and inconsistent actions while Snyder taking opposite positions from the President and his own Republican controlled legislature is proving to be more popular with Michigan voters.”

This latest survey was conducted May 20 – 24 and his a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0%. Thirty percent of those surveyed answered questioned via their mobile phones.

Overall, would you say that things in the country are generally headed in the right direction, or, have things pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?

31% Right direction
55% Wrong track
14% Undecided/Refused

How about in Michigan -- would you say that things in Michigan are generally headed in the right
direction, or, have things pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?

42% Right direction
40% Wrong track
18% Undecided/Refused

“Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person?” 

Overall, how would you rate the job that Donald Trump is doing as President – would you give
him a positive rating of excellent or pretty good, or a negative rating of just fair or poor?

12% Excellent
23% Pretty good
17% Just fair
44% Poor
4% Undecided/Refused

Overall, how would you rate the job being done by Rick Snyder as Michigan’s Governor – would
you give him a positive rating of excellent or pretty good, or a negative rating of just fair or poor?

6% Excellent
32% Pretty good
34% Just fair
25% Poor
3% Undecided/Refused

 Thinking about the economy in Michigan, do you believe Michigan’s economy…

60% Is now improving
22% Has bottomed out but has not yet started to improve
12% Has not yet bottomed out and will still get worse
6% Undecided/Refused

Based on your personal experience or what you know or have heard or read, do you support or
oppose the efforts of the Tea Party movement? 

10% Strongly supports Tea Party movement
20% Somewhat supports Tea Party movement
14% Somewhat opposes Tea Party movement
29% Strongly opposes Tea Party movement
27% Undecided/Refused

Do you think of yourself as pro-choice, meaning that you support allowing women to have the
right to an abortion, or do you consider yourself pro-life, meaning that you oppose abortions, except
when it is necessary to save the life of the mother?

51% Pro-choice – women have the right to an abortion
43% Pro-life – against abortions except to save life of mother
6% Undecided/Refused

Would you describe yourself as a conservative, a moderate or a liberal?

34% Conservative
39% Moderate
20% Liberal
7% Undecided/Refused

Generally speaking, do you consider yourself a Republican or a Democrat?

23% Strong Democrat
9% Not Strong Democrat
10% Independent-Lean Democrat
16% Independent
10% Independent-Lean Republican
10% Not Strong Republican
20% Strong Republican
0% Other
2% Undecided/Refused