Betraying the voters (by giving them what they want)

by Sonny Bunch on December 9, 2012

Two years ago, a newly elected Rick Snyder told the Free Press editorial board he was determined to be a new kind of governor — a pragmatist focused like a laser on initiatives that promised to raise standards of living for all Michiganders. …

In short, we trusted Snyder’s judgment.

That trust has now been betrayed — for us, and for the hundreds of thousand of independents who voted for Snyder with the conviction that they were electing someone more independent, and more visionary, than partisan apparatchiks like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker or Florida’s Rick Scott.

Detroit Free Press, “Editorial: A failure of leadership: Snyder’s about-face on right-to-work betrays voters”

A majority of Michigan voters support right-to-work, according to multiple polls done in the state over the past few years.

Earlier this month [March], Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group released the most recent polling result on right-to-work in Michigan. The survey, commissioned by Inside Michigan Politics, showed that 58 percent of likely voters support right-to-work. Opposition among Michigan voters participating in the survey was at 37 percent.

A right-to-work law would guarantee that no one can be forced as as condiditon of employement to join a union or have to pay dues or a fee to cover the costs associated with a union bargaining on behalf of its members.

The Marketing Resource Group poll came out shortly after an East Lansing-based Mitchell Research and Communications Inc. poll showed virtually the same result. According to the Mitchell Research poll, 57 percent of likely voters support a right-to-work law, with 35 percent of respondents registering some level of opposition.

Mackinac Center: “Most Michigan Voters Think Right-to-Work Is a Winner: Overwhelming support for choice in unionization”

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