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IMP/LE&A/Denno Research Poll: Majority of
Michigan Voters Say Gov. Rick Snyder Has Cut K-12
Only 18% of Voters Say Snyder Has Increased Spending on Schools
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:00 a.m.
Contact: Susan J. Demas, Inside Michigan Politics Publisher, 517-420-6779, email@example.com
T.J. Bucholz, Lambert, Edwards & Associates, 517-316-0210, firstname.lastname@example.org
***Note corrections in partisan breakdown, which does not change overall results.
LANSING -- The majority of Michigan voters say Gov. Rick Snyder has decreased funding for K-12 schools in
the last three years, according to a new Inside Michigan Politics/Lambert, Edwards & Associates/Denno
By an almost 3:1 margin -- 53.8% to 18% -- voters said that the Republican governor has cut spending. 24%
Education funding has emerged as a battleground issue in the 2014 election, particularly the governor’s race.
While Democrats and likely gubernatorial nominee Mark Schauer have argued that per-pupil spending has
been cut over the last three years, Republicans and Snyder have countered that total spending on schools
has ticked up.
Here is the question:
In the three years that Governor Rick Snyder has been in office, do you think he overall has increased or
decreased spending for K-12 schools? (Respondents were given two options: Increased or Decreased).
"Over the past few months, Republicans and Democrats have been engaged in serious battle about
education spending -- Republicans - led by Gov. Snyder -- argue that the total dollars going into K-12 schools
have increased, while Dems believe the foundation allowance - or the money used to primarily fund
classroom operations - has been cut," said T.J. Bucholz, senior director of public affairs for Lambert,
Edwards & Associates. "The truth on this issue is that both sides are right. Opinion polls like ours, however,
don't measure truth, but what people believe at a single point in time."
Republicans, independents and Democrats all said Snyder has decreased funding. 27.5% of Republicans said
the governor increased education funding and 33.9% said he decreased spending. For Democrats, 72.1% said
Snyder decreased school spending and 10.7% responded that he increased spending. For independents,
51.7% said governor decreased spending and 18.6% said he increased funding.***
And 69% of respondents who said Snyder has decreased education spending were ages 35 to 64, the age
block in which people are most likely to have school-aged children.
“The issue comes down to whether people believe money is getting into the classroom. And this poll
indicates parents of school-aged children don’t believe Gov. Snyder’s narrative that schools are seeing more
money,” said Susan J. Demas, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. “Republicans have clearly
done their own polling on this issue and realize it’s a weakness in the election. That’s why they’re looking to
up education spending in this year’s budget.”
Lambert, Edwards & Associates, named the 2010 PRWeek Small Agency of the Year, is a top-10
Midwest-based PR firm and a top-20 investor relations firm nationally with clients based in 20
states and five countries. Denno Research polls for political campaigns, corporations, associations and
non-profit organizations, and have worked with clients in Michigan, Indiana, New York, North Carolina and
New Jersey. IMP is the most nationally-cited political newsletter in Michigan and was founded by Bill
Ballenger in 1987.
The live-operator survey was of 600 likely Michigan voters was taken March 8 and 9. 20% of respondents
were cell phone users. The margin of error is 4%. Crosstabs are available upon request.