EAST LANSING, Mich. -

A Michigan State University poll has found state residents about evenly divided over whether their new right-to-work law will help or hurt the economy.

 The university says 43 percent of those polled say the law will help Michigan's economy, while 41 percent say it will hurt. The difference is within the poll's 3 percentage point margin of sampling error.

Measures the Republican-led Legislature and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder approved last year bars unions from collecting mandatory payments from workers they represent under collective bargaining agreements. They took effect Thursday.
 
  Poll director Charles Ballard says 23 percent of those questioned say the new law will "hurt a lot," while 17 percent say it will "help a lot."
 
The university says 1,013 adults were polled by phone Jan. 14 through March 4.