Poll: 72 Percent of Troy Voters Would Support Recalling Mayor Daniels

A political consulting firm surveyed residents in automated telephone interviews Thursday.

Nearly three-quarters of Troy voters would support recalling Mayor Janice Daniels from office, according to a poll released Friday by a Lansing-based consulting firm.

The poll, conducted by Main Street Strategies and commissioned by the website Michigan Liberal, suggests that 72 percent of voters want to oust Daniels.

“Mayor Daniels has given the voters of Troy the biggest case of buyer’s remorse I have ever seen,” Main Street Strategies consultant Joe DiSano said in a press release. "Mayor Daniels’ Tea Party agenda has polarized the voters of Troy. Her repeated attacks on gays have badly damaged her public standing and voters clearly regret supporting her last fall."

Daniels has received public criticism for anti-gay comments she made on her Facebook page in 2011. She was also bashed for her in which she expressed opposition to the and slammed City Manager John Szerlag, saying she had no confidence in his ability to perform his duties. rebutting several statements the mayor made in her paper. Daniels has also .  

Councilman Wade Fleming said Friday he was remaining nuetral in the public's opposition to the mayor and that a recall is in the voters' hands.

"I wouldn’t put a lot of confidence in polls," Fleming said. "I put my confidence in the voters, if they decide they want to elect someone else or recall her."

Daniels did not return a phone call from the Troy Patch on Friday.

The Main Street Strategies poll results are based on 599 automated telephone interviews of voters who participated in the November election. The voters were surveyed Thursday evening.  

Several Troy Patch readers have engaged in coversation about the poll on the Facebook Page.

"I really hope this becomes a wake-up call to the city, if it isn't one already," Jonathan Barr wrote. "Voting matters."

"Unfortunately, we must wait six months from the date of her election to begin a recall," Barbara Koehn wrote. "I don't believe she will resign, I don't believe she thinks she is doing the city harm and further more, I was not contacted for the poll, but I would have voted for a recall."

mark otto January 28, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Charlene, your comments r posted here. Tell your friends about the patch, im sure thier posts will be posted also. Kinda ruins your assertment ....
Lucille Musser Arking January 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Ms VanThomme , May you please learn that our constitution freedom of speak is giving the citizens free speech from the government . She is now the government !. She no longer has free speech against her citizens nor can she punish them for what they say. Furthermore she is required to be open and honest in her actions as mayor . Her e mails seem to indicate she has not been honest in things she has said about the transit center messages from the citizens .
Bill Lynn January 28, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Janice Daniels is a dangerous homophobe who should have been removed from office after she posted here ridiculous anti-gay comments on Facebook. She harbors nothing but hatred for a sizable community of her own constituents (you think Troy doesn't have an LGBT community? Think again.). Freedom of speech? More like freedom to spew hatred and misinformation. She needs to be exiled. Preferably to The Castro where maybe she may learn a lesson in compassion (or at least get kissed by a girl).
Lucille Musser Arking January 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Ms Van Thomme , WHOA !!!~ Your last sentence tells me how very uninformed you are about the gay community .First lesson : If one deals with data to make their decisions they would have every reason to believe ~ 10% of the Troy community are gay . That is because census research in all types of communities all over the world and over time. strongly suggests that there is a ~ 10% homosexual population in every society across the world and across time . Now there is other messages in that constant census finding but the message you need to be aware of in the future . That is that ~ 10% of Troy citizens are gay . That is hardly a small minority . Second lesson : It is immaterial how small that gay population is in Troy . Have you ever heard that she must represent all citizens in Troy ? Have you ever heard that a principle of the democracy is " majority rules ,minority has rights . Third lesson : All human beings are entitled to respect and dignity. Fourth lesson : Always ask yourself " Would I like to be treated that way ?" If you lhad done that regardless of your data knowledge you would of not made the last horrendous statement.
charlene van thomme January 28, 2012 at 03:39 PM
All you people who are emailing me, I have to say, BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA. go to church take up a hobby Bible tells you what will happen, cant fight that.
Lucille Musser Arking January 28, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Ms Van Thomme , Your closing states "G-d be with you " and G-D bless america ". Lets me know something about your religious belief's . You may find that reading more of Jesus's teachings or learning their meaning could give you more compassion for all G-D'S people and less judgment of those not like you.
charlene van thomme January 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Lucille. Think I havent been called names? I will chose who I like or who I feel need help. My minority is a amount in the USA, not just troy. Do not care in the least if someone calls me a name, I find it rather funny. You havent said anthing interesting as far as I am concerned Go with god
Lucille Musser Arking January 28, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Ms Van Thomme , Your comments got posted . Maybe you should just consider the most apparent idea . Which is : more people who disagree with the mayor are writing comments on this blog then those who agree with the mayor. It says nothing else . What happened to you in life that you are so suspicious of everything and have no compassion for those who are not like you.?
Lucille Musser Arking January 28, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Ms Van Thome , First, my name is Ms Arking , I did not give you permission to use my familiar name . That is a basic rule of manners. Who you like and who you do not like has nothing to do with it . All human beings need to be treatedwith respect and dignity . Whoa , you really do have a comphrension problem . The number of gays in the USA is also ~10% . That is not a small minority . Furthermore if it is 1/100th of 1% the mayor is required to treat them with respect and dignity . She has not done, is a very important issue for a government employee . ? Are you aware that in almost all palces of employment one would be fired with cause for speaking as she has to the gay community and city employees ? It is no small deal . She needs to learn that issue and behave like a victim, she needs to change how she acts.
Jane Robtoy January 28, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Quit putting a spin on everything that is being done. There are sore losers in the city. Sorry. Someone has to lose. We don't need an outsider dong a survey, which you can't believe anyways. Go face to face with the Troy taxpayers and see how disgusted they are with this petty garbage. Mrs. Daniels comments were on facebook, before she ran for mayor. The comments were absolutely offensive, but at least she didn't pretend to be something or say something that only pleased the people just to be elected. You can't change someones feeling just because they are what they are. There are many derogative statements made about different races and etc. It shouldn't be but it is. We have freedom of speech. But, that has nothing to do with working for the city taxpayer. Troy was a laughing stock before the election and now the people that lost is keeping the ball rolling. Get over it and try to get Troy a good place to work and live. The council members that don't like her and the city manager that doesn't like her, we don't care. I(f you had a private boss you would have been fired. The city manager can do what he should be doing, living in retirement with the citizens tax dollars. He is double dipping, so respect yourself and get a retired life. The council members can learn to work with who was elected and if not, resign. Quit forcing your opinions down our throat and do something for the people instead of acting like sore losers and school children.
Bill Lynn January 28, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Van Thomme - Are you suggesting that Patch regulate this open comment section by censoring or eliminating those comments that you don't approve of or that may be "against her?" I'll say it here and everywhere I can comment freely... "Janice Daniels, you're an elected official whose homophobic actions and statements are unwelcome to a sizable enough portion of your electorate that you should not only be removed from office, you should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.
Linda January 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
So Jane, we should accept your opinions? This has nothing to do with sore losers. Obviously, you are missing the point. Janice Daniels started all of this long before she got elected. Look at her histrionics at City Council meetings. Unfortunately many bought into her rhetoric and believed she was "for the people" of Troy. Fat chance! She is only for herself, her ideology, and those who pull her strings. Do your homework.
firelight January 29, 2012 at 01:47 AM
c, do you want to be respected by the disrespectful? Neither do I.
firelight January 29, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Charlene, regarding Lucile's comment to you and her perpetual, undiluted arrogance, calling Lucille by her first name gives her more respect than she deserves.
Roy Williams January 29, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Hey Mary Ann. Why did you change your handle to firelight?
Audre Zembrzuski January 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
C you make a lot of sense on the moving out of Troy, Sounds like a good idea, because this City will not get better.
Audre Zembrzuski January 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Ms Lucille, with all he time you spend on writing to Patch against Ms Daniels, the Transit, you could have a real job or at least do volunteer work. I have never seen anymore spend more time than on this paper. To me, you like saying mean things about people and things, you never say anything good about anything - you must be a very lonely person. I feel sorry for you that you have to find friends on this paper.
Audre Zembrzuski January 29, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Mark, why don't you get one against Obama who is doing worse to our country, than Ms Daniels is doing to Troy. She gave her son to the Marines, did you do anything for your country???????
Audre Zembrzuski January 29, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Mark, what are you waiting for someone to bring you a petition, Why not you get one and go door to door. if you want her out so bad.
Audre Zembrzuski January 29, 2012 at 07:27 PM
CHARLENE, GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU, IT IS TIME SOME OF THESE PEOPLE GET OFF THIS PAPER AND LET HER DO HER JOB. and yes it is wrong to open other peoples mail, the city should not do that or even look at what they send out.
Audre Zembrzuski January 29, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Very good answer, and I agree with you all the way. Charlene. I would vote for her again. Like someone said the worst Mayor is gone, and there was another one on for a long time and gone also but they keep their noises in the cityi's business even though no one cares about them
Audre Zembrzuski January 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Ms A, Look in the dictionary and you will find gay, queer, and many other words like that - that they have more than one meaning. Maybe that is what you should do instead of being on this paper, read the dictionary. May help you.
Audre Zembrzuski January 29, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Jane, I agree with you. If they don't like her than resign, start with the Mayor Pro Tem the others would get voted out. But I believe she wants to be a Judge.
Dan January 30, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Great point! If only Patch would have spent a tenth as much time covering the election as it has spent covering Daniels' antics, we'd be much more informed for the election. Her idiotic Facebook post was there for all to see prior to the election. Where was the local media? Isn't that what Patch is supposed to be doing? In the category of "you don't miss it until it's gone," those of us who feel that we shouldn't have to pay a fee to read news stories are not paying for it nonetheless as an uneducated electorate.
danny January 30, 2012 at 03:17 PM
@ Audre It is insulting to her son's bravery and service to this country for you to package it as "she gave her son to the Marines". It is shockingly narcissistic. He deserves the honor and ALL the credit for his decision and self sacrifice. It is NOT for you to transfer that honor to anybody else... and to then try to shame someone else by asking a question such as "did you do anything for your country?". Honestly, how dare you?
Lucille Musser Arking January 30, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Ms Audre Zembrzuski, It is not that they are in the dictionary with many definitions . It is the definition appropriate to the context that she used it that people are concerned about . Because of the nature of my work I use the dictionary several times a day.
Lucille Musser Arking January 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Ms Roboy , This country was founded on the princilpes of a government for the people and by the people . It gave us free speech against the government without punishment or making them silent . I learn much from these blogs even when you are on the opposite opinion from me. That does not make me call you a sore loser or any other name. because my courses in logic tell me that neither you or I cannot know that from this blog who is a sore loser . It would be better if everyone use this discourse to echange ideas supported with data and reason . Calling people things you cannot know to be true is name calling . Is not name calling in part why many of us are upset with the mayor? Lets show everyone we can have a infomation exchange with civility . thank you. .
Lucille Musser Arking January 30, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Ms Thomme and Ms Firelight , I in no way wish to be arrogant to anyone including you. I like exchange of information. I like to read all opinions on a subject and do learn from them . I would be happy if you responsed to my opinions with opinions related to what I said in my blog . I just see no purpose in calling people names or addressing strangers by their first name. I am for returning to civility in discourse. so we can all learn from each other. Civility requires that all human beings are treated with respect. Furthermore so does christianity, judasim and most great religions of the world .
Lucille Musser Arking January 30, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Ms Firelight , It is a principle of discourse that if you want someone to listen to what you are saying you reveal who you are. It is hard to accept that you do not want what you say respected if you spent time to write it. I do not disrespect you because I do not know you. I can only respect or disrespect what you write . Is it thoughtful , is it in focus with the discourse , is it civil ? Does it make sense with all the other things you wrote etc etc . Sorry I do mean to respect you .
Duane Lamers February 17, 2012 at 02:13 AM
There is no way that an authentic poll can come up with 72% of the Troy electorate being against Daniels, if only because far from that number even know who the mayor is, let alone the circumstances leading hot-blooded liberals to think they can recall her. I voted for her and am disappointed how she has handled some things since being sworn in, but that is a far cry from saying should be recalled at this point. As for her comments to students at the meeting at Troy High: It was wrong for her to introduce any psychological or psychiatric aspects to the issue of homosexuality. We still do not know definitively what causes sexual orientation. More to the point, she only placed the liberals (and gays) in a defensive posture, which accomplishes nothing. There is a similar sort of "defense" discovered some years ago at Gallaudet University in DC, the "university of the deaf," so to speak. It was discovered that many on that campus had strong negative responses to deaf individuals who expressed wishes that they could hear or were thinking of seeking medical attention in an attempt to cure or lessen their deafness. This phenomenon has been found in other communities of the deaf as well--no, not everywhere. Daniels must adopt a more proactive style for herself, use better judgment, and keep a smile on her face, althewhile talking up solid conservative responses to address city issues. In short, she should imitate Katie Curic in style but not in substance.


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