U-M survey: Local government leaders warming up to Snyder

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval ratings have surged among local government leaders, who have a much brighter outlook on Michigan’s future than a year ago, according to a survey to be released Wednesday by the University of Michigan.

But local officials and elected leaders continue to take a dim view of the state Legislature, where House members face an election Nov. 6, the Michigan Public Policy Survey conducted by U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy found.

About 49 percent of the leaders gave Snyder a positive rating, up from 37 percent last year, according to the survey. Of those surveyed, 58 percent identified themselves as Republicans, while only 23 percent said they were Democrats.

Half of local government leaders said they believe the state is moving in the right direction, up from 32 percent a year ago.

But only 27 percent gave positive approval ratings to the Legislature, up slightly from the 21 percent positive approval ratings lawmakers received in 2011.

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