Survey: Voters likely to pass only 1 of Michigan's 6 statewide ballot proposals

Survey shows Michigan voters likely to pass Proposal 1 on emergency manager law, reject others

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter


According to the results of a WDIV Local 4 and Detroit News exclusive political survey, Michigan voters will vote yes on at least one ballot proposal and no on the rest.

Next week, voters likely will support Proposal 1 which asks whether the state's emergency manager law should be upheld. The law is meant as a mechanism to get communities undergoing financial unrest back into shape before they hit rock bottom and file for bankruptcy.

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Labor unions have been fiercely fighting the proposal because, under the law, emergency managers have the power to void union contracts.

Right now, according to the survey results, Proposal 1 is supported by 45 percent. It is the only proposal with a prayer of passing.

"It's the only one of the proposals that has more people supporting it than opposing it," said pollster Richard Czuba.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, among others, has been traveling across the state with his message of "yes on 1, no on the rest." It appears his campaigning is working.

The other six proposals on the ballot have much different survey results.

Proposal 2, which would enshrine collective bargaining into the state constitution, has no traction. It is supported by just 36.3 percent of the survey respondents. That's bad news for labor unions.

Proposal 3, the renewable energy proposal, has even less support. Only 32.7 percent of respondents said they would vote yes on Proposal 3.

Proposal 4, the one for home health care, is supported by 39.7 percent of the survey respondents.

Proposal 5, which is the tax limitation proposal, has a dismal 33.3 percent support.

Finally, Proposal 6, the bridge proposal, is supported by just 36.8 percent of respondents. The proposal would allow voters to decide if the bridge should be built.

The Detroit International Bridge Company, owned by the Moroun family, has spent millions of dollars fighting the new bridge to Canada and supporting the bridge ballot proposal.

However, according to this survey of voters, the money spent does not appear to be working for Moroun.

"Four of the five have opposition levels are anywhere from 53 to 56 percent. That tells me they are going to go down and they are going to go down spectacularly," said Czuba.

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