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Michigan Evenly Divided over Right-to-Work

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Michigan State University's 64th round of the State of the State Survey finds that state citizens are evenly split over the state's new status as a right to work state. The Michigan Legislature passed …

Michigan State University's 64th round of the State of the State Survey finds that state citizens are evenly split over the state's new status as a right to work state. The Michigan Legislature passed historic new laws as 2012 ended. The survey inquiried of about 1,000 people during the first quarter of 2013.

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  • 1. State of the State Survey: y Michigan Residents SharplyDivided Over Right to Work Law Right-to-Work Charles L. Ballard L Professor, Department of Economics Director, State of the State Survey Di t St t f th St t SInstitute for Public Policy and Social Research ballard@msu.edu 517.353.2961 517 353 2961
  • 2. Background: Labor Unions Have Been Losing Strength For Decades, Decades In Michigan and Across the United States.
  • 3. Union Members as a Percent of the Labor Force,  1964‐201150454035 Michigan3025 Louisiana2015 United States1050 Year
  • 4. In December 2012, the Michigan Legislature Passed a Law to Make Michigan the 24 th “Right-to-Work” State.Many Expect This Will Further Reduce Union Membership.
  • 5. State of the State Survey Round 64 Winter 2013 1,013 Interviews Completed , pJanuary 14, 2013 – March 4, 2013
  • 6. • 42.7% of Michigan Residents Said They Believe the Right-to-Work Law Will Help the Economy.• 41% Said It Will Hurt.• That’s a Statistical Tie. That s
  • 7. Michigan Residents Views of Whether the Right‐to‐Work Law Will  h d f h h h h k ll Help or Hurt the Economy 30 25.5 25 22.5 18.5 20 17.2 16.3 ntPercen 15 10 5 0 Help A Lot Help A Little No Effect Hurt A Little Hurt A Lot
  • 8. Union Members WereConsiderably Less Optimisticthan Those Who Are Not aUnion Member.
  • 9. Michigan Residents Views of Whether the  g Right‐to‐Work Law Will Help or Hurt the Economy, By Union Membership 80 73.7 70 60 46.4 50 42.7Percent 41.0 37.1 Help 40P Hurt 30 20 12.3 10 0 Statewide Not Union Member Union Member
  • 10. Attitudes by Race and GenderR dG d
  • 11. Views of Michigan Residents by Race and Sex State of  Men Women Whites Blacks MichiganRight‐to‐Work Law Will  42.7% 49.6% 36.1% 45.4% 24.9%Help the Economy
  • 12. Attitudes by Political Party
  • 13. Views of Michigan Residents by Political P b P li i l Party State of  Republican Independent Democrat MichiganRight-to-Work Law Will 42.7% 74.2% 42.3% 24.8%Help the Economy
  • 14. Attitudes by  Attit d bWhether the Respondent  h h h dSupports Governor SnyderS t G S d
  • 15. Views of Michigan Residentsby Support for Governor Snyder State of  Snyder Snyder  Snyder Snyder  Michigan “Excellent” “Good” “Fair” “Poor”Right‐to‐WorkLaw Will  42.7% 74.0% 64.2% 41.7% 18.2%Help the Economy
  • 16. Attitudes by  Attitudes byPolitical IdeologyPolitical Ideology
  • 17. Views of Michigan Residents by Ideology State of  Very Very Liberal Moderate Conservative Michigan Liberal ConservativeRight‐to‐WorkLaw Will Help  42.7% 10.9% 20.9% 42.3% 57.8% 62.6%The Economy
  • 18. Regional Attitudes Show a  Large East‐West Divide
  • 19. Views of Residents from Vi f R id t f Different Regions in Michigan Wayne,  State of  City of  SEMCOG Grand Rapids  Oakland,  Oakland, Michigan i hi Detroit i Regiona i Areab MacombRight-to-WorkLaw Will Help 42.7% 32.4% 37.5% 38.2% 52.6%The ETh Economya Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Countiesb Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Countiesc Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties
  • 20. Attitudes b Attit d byHousehold Income
  • 21. Views of Residents by Vi f R id t b Household Income Income  Income Income  State of  Income Above  Below  Below $50,000 to  $50,000 to Above  Above Michigan i hi $150,000 $ $20,000 $100,000 $100,000Right-to-WorkLaw Will Help 42.7% 33.2% 42.5% 45.9% 48.3%The ETh Economya Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Countiesb Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Countiesc Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties
  • 22. How to Learn More about SOSS:http://ippsr.msu.edu/SOSS/Charles Ballard: ballard@msu.edu 517.353.2961Cynthia Kyle: kylec@msu.edu 517.353.1731Graham Pierce: gp glpierce@msu.edu @ 517.884.0364
  • 23. THANK YOU!