Ahead of the Nov. 6 general election, The Glengariff Group, Inc. conducted a 600-sample survey of likely 2012 Michigan General Election voters. The live operator telephone survey was conducted from October 27-29, 2012. (Saturday afternoon through Monday).

-- 80% of the survey respondents were contacted via land-line. 

-- 20% of survey respondents were contacted via cellphone. 

The survey has a margin of error of +/-4.0% with a 95% level of confidence. 

This survey was commissioned by WDIV Local 4 and the Detroit News.

Respondents were asked each of the following questions. The corresponding survey results are shown below.

Michigan voters will vote on Proposal 1 --  a Referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011 --  The Emergency Manager Law.   Public Act 4 would establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.  Authorize the Governor to appoint an emergency manager upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the emergency manager to act in place of local government officials.  Require the Emergency manager to develop financial and operating plans which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.  Alternatively, authorize state appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree.  Should this law be approved? 


A closer look:

Yes                  No              Don’t Know

North               34.6%              46.2%            19.2%

West                43.3%             35.8%            20.9%

Southwest       50.0%              38.0%             12.0%

Mid                 32.7%              44.2%             21.2%

E Central         38.3%              44.7%             17.0% 

Oakland          54.4%              29.1%             16.5% 

Macomb          56.0%              32.0%             12.0%

Wayne             54.3%              38.6%              7.1%

Detroit             35.0%              57.5%              7.5%

Proposal 2 would amend the state constitution regarding collective bargaining.  This proposal would grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions, invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial support of their labor unions.  Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.  Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements.  Define “employer” as a person or entity employing one or more employees.   Should this proposal be approved?


A closer look:

Yes                  No                Don’t Know

North              34.6%              46.2%              19.2%

West               43.3%              35.8%              20.9%