Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

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

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Q20b: One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum. At one end, citizen engagement would focus only on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the other end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. In between would be increasing levels of citizen input in the decisions made by the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the topic, in general, what do you think the majority of your jurisdiction's employees believe is the proper role for citizen engagement in local governance?

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
The majority of your jurisdiction's employees believe the role of citizen engagement is to... Keep citizens informed 26% 21% 36% 31% 25%
Have citizens provide input 40% 44% 45% 46% 44%
Have citizens identify specific policy options 10% 5% 3% 3% 5%
Have citizens recommend decisions 8% 4% 4% 3% 4%
Have citizens make decisions 2% 0% 1% 1% 1%
Not Applicable 1% 14% 4% 9% 11%
Don't Know 13% 10% 7% 7% 9%
*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
The majority of your jurisdiction's employees believe the role of citizen engagement is to... Keep citizens informed 21% 24% 28% 41% 31% 25%
Have citizens provide input 43% 47% 49% 39% 43% 44%
Have citizens identify specific policy options 4% 5% 5% 6% 5% 5%
Have citizens recommend decisions 4% 4% 3% 5% 6% 4%
Have citizens make decisions 0% 1% 0% 0% 3% 1%
Not Applicable 17% 10% 5% 2% 1% 11%
Don't Know 10% 8% 10% 6% 10% 9%
*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
The majority of your jurisdiction's employees believe the role of citizen engagement is to... Keep citizens informed 28% 20% 23% 24% 24% 33% 25%
Have citizens provide input 40% 46% 50% 40% 47% 42% 44%
Have citizens identify specific policy options 5% 7% 5% 4% 4% 5% 5%
Have citizens recommend decisions 7% 5% 3% 4% 3% 6% 4%
Have citizens make decisions 0% 0% 0% 2% 1% 1% 1%
Not Applicable 8% 14% 10% 18% 11% 4% 11%
Don't Know 12% 9% 7% 9% 10% 9% 9%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

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