Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

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

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Q20c: 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 citizens 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 citizens believe the role of citizen engagement is to... Keep citizens informed 10% 13% 9% 19% 13%
Have citizens provide input 32% 45% 50% 43% 45%
Have citizens identify specific policy options 14% 7% 8% 5% 7%
Have citizens recommend decisions 13% 13% 17% 13% 14%
Have citizens make decisions 17% 5% 6% 5% 6%
Don't Know 15% 16% 10% 15% 15%
*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 citizens believe the role of citizen engagement is to... Keep citizens informed 15% 12% 16% 13% 7% 13%
Have citizens provide input 43% 48% 46% 46% 43% 45%
Have citizens identify specific policy options 6% 8% 6% 9% 9% 7%
Have citizens recommend decisions 13% 13% 20% 11% 17% 14%
Have citizens make decisions 4% 6% 4% 9% 13% 6%
Don't Know 19% 14% 8% 13% 10% 15%
*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 citizens believe the role of citizen engagement is to... Keep citizens informed 11% 14% 13% 15% 13% 11% 13%
Have citizens provide input 52% 40% 47% 43% 42% 50% 45%
Have citizens identify specific policy options 5% 7% 7% 8% 6% 9% 7%
Have citizens recommend decisions 11% 14% 16% 10% 17% 14% 14%
Have citizens make decisions 4% 9% 4% 7% 4% 7% 6%
Don't Know 17% 17% 14% 18% 17% 10% 15%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

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