Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Fall 2012 Data Tables

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Q16: Would you say that most citizens who are engaged in your jurisdiction's policymaking processes are generally looking out only for themselves or that they want decisions made for the benefit of the community overall?

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
Would you say that most citizens who are engaged in your jurisdiction's policymaking processes are generally looking out only for themselves or that they want decisions made for the benefit of the community overall? Only for themselves 9% 6% 2% 4% 5%
Mostly for themselves, but somewhat for the benefit of the community overall 34% 38% 38% 33% 38%
About equally for themselves and the benefit of the community overall 27% 25% 26% 23% 25%
Mostly for the benefit of the community overall, but somewhat for themselves 22% 17% 24% 27% 20%
For the benefit of the community overall 8% 9% 10% 12% 9%
Don't Know 0% 4% 0% 1% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Population Size Crosstabulation
% within Population Size
  Population Size Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
Would you say that most citizens who are engaged in your jurisdiction's policymaking processes are generally looking out only for themselves or that they want decisions made for the benefit of the community overall? Only for themselves 4% 5% 7% 2% 8% 5%
Mostly for themselves, but somewhat for the benefit of the community overall 33% 39% 42% 41% 43% 38%
About equally for themselves and the benefit of the community overall 29% 24% 21% 23% 21% 25%
Mostly for the benefit of the community overall, but somewhat for themselves 20% 19% 21% 25% 20% 20%
For the benefit of the community overall 10% 10% 5% 8% 8% 9%
Don't Know 4% 3% 3% 1% 0% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Region of Michigan Crosstabulation
% within Region of Michigan
  Region of Michigan Total
Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Peninsula West Central Lower Peninsula East Central Lower Peninsula Southwest Lower Peninsula Southeast Lower Peninsula
Would you say that most citizens who are engaged in your jurisdiction's policymaking processes are generally looking out only for themselves or that they want decisions made for the benefit of the community overall? Only for themselves 5% 6% 3% 6% 5% 5% 5%
Mostly for themselves, but somewhat for the benefit of the community overall 38% 32% 43% 37% 30% 43% 38%
About equally for themselves and the benefit of the community overall 35% 26% 25% 22% 28% 19% 25%
Mostly for the benefit of the community overall, but somewhat for themselves 11% 22% 19% 21% 22% 22% 20%
For the benefit of the community overall 9% 10% 7% 10% 12% 8% 9%
Don't Know 2% 3% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

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