Observers Give SOS Lukewarm Reviews
From MIRS Newsletter:
Last night's State of the State address certainly didn't knock the socks off of political insiders, based on the results of a MIRS/Denno Research internet survey of 167 respondents.
A 34-percent plurality of respondents gave Gov. Rick SNYDER a "C" on his speech. Another 26 percent gave him a "B," 20 percent graded him a "D," 17 percent an "A" and 2 percent undecided. A failing grade was not offered as an option.
On the delivery of the speech, political observers were much more critical, with a 30-percent plurality giving the Republican governor a "D." Another 29 percent gave him a "C," 24 percent gave him a "B" and 16 percent gave him an "A." Again, a failing grade was not offered as an option. Only 5 percent of Republicans gave him a D.
MIRS sent the survey to subscribers, lobbyists, state government employees, association executives, business officials, members of the media and leaders within organized labor. Most of the respondents (55 percent) were state employees. Asked for party affiliation, 51 percent identified as independents. Twenty-six percent claimed to be Republicans and 23 percent said they were Democrats.
The results were calculated by Denno Research.
Did Snyder offer enough new proposals in his annual speech? Only 42 percent said yes while 52 percent said no. The rest were unsure. Among Republicans, 72 percent said yes. Only 18 percent of Democrats said yes.
However, a plurality of respondents didn't think Snyder did himself any harm, but he didn't help his Republican colleagues, either.
Forty-one percent said the Governor didn't give House Democrats any election year fodder for 2012. Another 38 percent said Snyder did. It's an interesting to note that 31 percent of Democrats said "no" while 56 percent of Republicans said "no." Also, 50 percent of lobbyists said no.
An even 50 percent said Snyder's speech didn't help place Republicans in a stronger position for the 2012 election while 31 percent felt he did. Lobbyists were evenly divided on the question, while 34 percent of state government workers said "yes." Another 52 percent said "no."