Talking Points Memo: Poll: As Michigan’s GOP Gov. Loses Support, Dem Senator Rises

March 23, 2011- In December, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) looked shaky heading into her 2012 reelection bid. One poll found her barely leading a slate of potential Republican challengers. But now, Stabenow's poll numbers have rebounded: a new PPP poll shows her leading her potential rivals by double-digits.

That turnaround comes at the same time that Michigan's new Republican Governor, Rick Snyder, has seen his approval rating slide, after his push for a controversial proposal that would give him the authority to appoint emergency managers in struggling cities, a proposal one supporter likened to "financial martial law."

Three months ago, PPP found Stabenow leading Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R) by just one point. She now leads that match up 50% to 38%. Stabenow has also increased her lead over Secretary of State Terri Land, from four to 10 points, and PPP found her leading in that hypothetical contest 48% to 38%.

Stabenow also topped former state GOP chair Saul Anuzis 52% to 35%, and led political neophyte Randy Hekman 52% to 33%. Neither Anuzis or Hekman were tested in PPP's December poll, though Hekman has since officially declared his candidacy.

Michigan voters elected Snyder last year by an 18-point margin. However, a PPP poll released this week pegged Snyder's approval rating at 33% — and it showed him losing a do-over election by two points.


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