Poll: Michigan thinks Snyder handled Flint badly

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks about the Flint water crisis during a press conference on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at City Hall in downtown, Flint, Mich.


FLINT, Mich. (WOOD) — A new poll shows the majority of Michigan residents think Gov. Rick Snyder has done a poor job responding to the water crisis in Flint.

The EPIC-MRA poll released Wednesday found that 69 percent of respondents had an overall negative impression of Snyder’s handling of the crisis, while 21 percent hand an overall positive impression and 10 percent were undecided or decline to respond.

Still, 61 percent of respondents thought Snyder should remain in office, while 29 percent thought he should resign. Ten percent were undecided or declined to respond.

His overall approval rating was 39 percent, a six-point decline from the EPIC-MRA poll conducted in August 2015.

>>PDF: The full poll

The drinking water in Flint became contaminated with lead after the city switched its water source while under the control of a Snyder-appointed emergency manager. The water source has been switched back, but the water remains unsafe to drink.

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Some say Snyder didn’t respond quickly enough to complaints from residents about the water quality and there have been some calls for him to a resign, though he said he does not intend to step down. Since the start of 2016, Snyder has declared an emergency in Flint and successfully petitioned the president to do the same, and also introduced an effort to direct millions of dollars in the aid to the city.

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The EPIC-MRA poll was conducted between Jan. 23 and Jan. 26. It questioned 600 people across the state by phone and has a margin of error of four percentage points.

It also questioned residents about the state’s economy, with 61 percent saying they thought it was improving, and the presidential race, with Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican businessman Donald Trump still in a statistical tie.

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