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Welcome to Michigan Radio’s coverage page for the 2012 Election.If you’re looking for more information to help with your decisions, you can read our collection of stories about key races featured below.You can also check out our Guide to the Ballot Proposals.

MSU releases "State of the State" survey

A survey conducted by Michigan State University's Charles Ballard shows an improved approval rating for Governor Snyder.
Michigan State University Professor of Economics, Charles Ballard. Ballard says, "if you compare apples to apples, most state employees are not highly compensated compared to their private sector counterparts."

The latest "State of the State" survey from Michigan State University indicates people in the state are feeling pretty good about the economy, a little more positive about the Governor, and the same about the President.

MSU Economics Professor Charles Ballard conducts the survey of likely voters in Michigan once a quarter. The latest was taken in August.

It shows that Governor Snyder's approval rating rose, from 33 to 38 percent. 

That's still lower than the President's 41 percent.  But that 41 percent is unchanged from the previous quarter's survey.   

When it comes to how Michiganders feel about their financial situation, about 54 percent call it "excellent" or "good," the highest reading since 2005.

The poll also shows President Barack Obama leading in the state over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, but many of the state's voters remain undecided.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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