Lost Confidence: Survey Shows Low Support for Gov't Leaders

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

The grades on government are in. And they're not good.

"If this was a high school graduating class, there would be nobody graduating," said the man behind the "insider" survey on government, Ed Sarpolus. "They all failed."

Failed, he says the survey shows, at leading the government with cuts looming to schools and healthcare -- the result of a budget crisis for the current year.

Just who failed? Gov. Jennifer Granholm had close to an 80 percent negative job rating. "Negative" ratings include those who consider her job "fair" or "poor," a standard polling practice.

House Speaker Andy Dillon? The Democrat from Redford Township had a 57 percent negative rating. And Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) faces 39 percent job disapproval.

Former house speaker and current Minority Leader Craig DeRoche (R-Novi) had higher negatives than the governor. Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) did not fare well either.

"There is a crisis there and people want to know: why is nothing be done?" Sarpolus said. All that negativity comes from insiders, those work work in state government or with it regularly.

"Elected officials, lobbyists, city and township officials, department heads in the state," Sarpolus said. "The people who are working to get things done on a regular basis."

So what do those criticized in the survey have to say?

"I think the ratings are fair," Dillon said. "We have not produced results and that's what we should be judged on."

He says those numbers will turn around when the budget compromise he predicts is reached. A spokeswoman for Granholm says the governor is focused on fixing the budget and worried less about insider support than the support of the people.

But the man behind the survey says those insiders represent real people with a message.

"We elected you not to play partisan politics, not to play games, worry about re-election," Sarpolus said.

"We're hurting. Do something."


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  • by David Location: Charlotte on May 19, 2007 at 03:08 PM
    In my last blog I stated that Granholm was being supported by the MEA. I just printed a list of top spending lobbists in Michigan for 2006 and low and behold the MEA is one of the top with 852,000 $. Kind of makes you wonder how much of that mony went to Dems. and how much went to Reps. I dont care if they do balance the budget this has been one of the worst addminastrations ever in Michigan.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on May 18, 2007 at 12:43 PM
    For one thing Granholm wont have to worry about re-election because of trem limits we wont have to put up with her very much longer. Can I get an amen ! Ive said it once and ill say it agin Im glad I didnt vote for her but I have to live with the results. And I agree with you Mich1 Its the pepol that need to step up and vote these pepol out of office. The only ones that are supporting her are the uinoins like the MEA and the UAW. Even TV 10s own poll shows that nobody likes what is going on in Lansing. Its just another nail in Granholms coffin.
  • by Mich1 Location: Mason on May 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM
    I blame the people in this state for not doing one thing...Go to the polls and vote these people out of office. We have know to blame but ourselves. Maybe next time this will happen!!!!!!
  • by Rae on May 18, 2007 at 08:46 AM
    I think the money that is being cut from the schools, is money that would go in the pension fund. Maybe it's time for the teacher's union to step up and help out. Had the UAW done so, maybe more would still be working today!
  • by Concerned Location: Lansing on May 18, 2007 at 03:53 AM
    I don't believe any of us are going to forgive and forget after this mess! The "powers to be" still won't consider their own part in this mess and what a rediculous system Michigan has with their judicial and legislative officials receiving full pension and benefits after a few years of service. What other job can you get in Michigan that gives this to you unlimited? And the legislative branch (Senators, Congress, and representatives) are only PART-TIME jobs. They all have full time jobs!!! When this is addressed and taken out of the Michigan budget, THEN maybe all will be forgiven, but never forgotten!!!!!!!!
  • by Marilyn Location: Stockbridge on May 17, 2007 at 09:21 PM
    I can't believe you would consider cutting school aid
  • by Ralph on May 17, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    It seams our govenor doesn't have a clue. Most of the legistators don't either. They alway look out for # 1 (themselves)
  • by Jan Location: Albion on May 17, 2007 at 03:07 PM
    No, I don't think the legislature is doing enough to help settle Michigan's problems. They ae too busy worrying about which party they belong to and who's ahead!. They need to band together and forget parties for the good of Michigan. Right now they are just tearing the state apart
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