Poll: Voters don’t agree with Snyder’s ‘pretty cool’ assessment of ‘Skunk Works’ plan

Gov. Rick Snyder’s job approval rating continues to lag, according to a new poll.

Michigan citizens abhor the value-meal education proposal developed by Gov. Rick Snyder’s secret “Skunk Works” group, according to a new poll, which also shows that voters aren’t too happy with the job Snyder’s been doing.

According to the poll, conducted May 11-15 by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA, 64 percent of citizens oppose the concepts developed by Skunk Works, while only 10 percent approve.

Snyder administration officials had been holding secret meetings since last December, working with corporate executives from IT companies to develop a plan that would replace qualified, professional teachers with long-distance video conferencing.

The plan would create “value schools” and would spend less than half what we currently spend to educate a student, putting those remaining meager funds on debit cards for parents and students to purchase their learning — not unlike food stamps.

Snyder denied being involved with the secret group, but called its ideas “pretty cool.”

Opposition to the value schools plan is fierce; 53 percent of respondents said they “strongly oppose” the concept, while only 4 percent said they “strongly support” it.

Snyder’s relentless negative attacks on public education and middle class families continue to harm his approval ratings. The same poll found that only 39 percent approve of the job he’s doing as governor, while 58 percent disapprove.

The poll also found Snyder tied, 39-39, with former U.S. Rep Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, in a hypothetical matchup for the 2014 gubernatorial election — despite the fact Schauer hasn’t declared his candidacy and is not yet known by a majority of Michigan voters.

MEA has not yet recommended any candidates for governor.

“Anytime an incumbent is below 50 percent, they are at least to some degree vulnerable,” EPIC/MRA President Bernie Porn told MLive.com,“and Snyder isn’t even at 40 percent.”