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At 7:00 PM ET Michiganders fall and wide of the mitten --lower peninsula-- and bunny --upper peninsula-- will listen to Governor Rick Snyder give his State of the State speech.
Many actions taken by Governor Snyder 2012 has left a majority of State residents baffled and confused for who or what they voted for to partake Michigan's Chief Executive Officer role on November 8, 2010.
Governor Snyder in the past year signed Right to Work Legislation, allowed for a marketing campaign used to promote tourism in the State --Pure Michigan-- to promote his Right to Work law in the Wall Street Journal, along with raising taxes on the backs of Middle and Lower class residents in our beloved state. In light of these actions, some might wonder what is the State of Governor Snyder's popularity among the voting class.
This spells -- "What a perfect time to craft a new poll", as a measure of this important test.
The Detroit Free Press on January 16, 2013, less than 24 hours prior to Governor Snyder's highly anticipated and controversial State of the State speech, a new poll as "magically" appeared, stating 50% of Michigan resident support the Governor.
The data gathered by "right-wing" polling organization Mitchell Research and Communications statesGovernor Snyder was not "damaged" in the least with voters by signing "Right to Work. If so, we wonder what happened this day in Lansing? Why were over 12,000 Michigan residents on-the-ground and in Lansing city streets gathered in protest and why were plenty of State Police Officers ordered to keep guard of Michigan Governmental buildings.
Yet, according to Mitchell Research and Communications, this moment in Michigan's History has all been forgotten and quickly forgiven.
From the Detroit Free Press Article - January 16, 2013:
"The Mitchell poll shows Snyder with a 50% approval rating, up 3 percentage points from a poll Mitchell took in December. It also shows 50% support for the controversial right-to-work legislation Snyder signed after it was passed by the Legislature in December.
"A month has gone by, including the holidays," said Steve Mitchell, president of Mitchell Research and Communications. Michigan voters have "moved a month away now from this kind of seismic change and have put it more in perspective."
Mitchell said that although Snyder's favorable ratings improved 3 percentage points, his disapproval numbers also increased 8 percentage points."
Any poll can be skewed to converge data to meet a desired result -- the first rule of Statistics and polling data. Noting such, one should research WHO is behind data gathered in the poll, WHAT was the purpose of taking such poll, WHY the firm decided to take a poll and WHERE was the poll responses gathered from.
Unfortunately, many of these questions are unanswered by The Detroit Free Press article. Yes, numbers are given, quotes were added to this piece, but the "meat and bones" of the statistical data is missing. With that, as a good Statistics Professor state, view this poll as a out liner.
From the Public Policy Polling Organization data gathered during the week of December 18, 2012: