Michigan regaining optimismPublished 9:56pm Wednesday, March 21, 2012
LANSING — For the first time since March 2003, more Michigan voters believe Michigan is headed in the right direction.
A recent poll shows the majority of voters in Oakland County, Macomb County, Mid-Michigan, Traverse City and the northern Michigan areas of the state believe the state is headed in the right direction, while most voters in Western Michigan, Flint, Saginaw and Wayne County believe the state is still on the wrong track.
By a 46 to 43 percent margin Michigan voters believe the state is headed in the right direction versus those who believe the state is on the wrong track. 48 percent of Michigan voters believe the economy has improved over the last year while only 15 percent believe it has gotten worse. And a majority of Michigan voters are optimistic about the future, as 54 percent of voters believe that the Michigan economy will be better one year from now.
“For the first time in almost a decade, it appears that voters believe that Michigan has finally turned a corner. After nine years of doom and gloom in Michigan, voters are finally feeling good about the direction of the State and the economy,” said Tom Shields, president of Marketing Resource Group Inc. “The positive mood of the electorate could be a boost for those state office holders running for reelection in the fall.”
Every geographical area of the state shared the optimism for the next year led by Oakland County voters where 68 percent believe the economy will improve in the next year.