Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Fall 2015 Data Tables

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Q32b. Some people think that in order to prevent crime, it is important for law enforcement agencies to maximize surveillance, as through the use of dashboard cameras, body cameras, and public surveillance, even if this threatens personal privacy. Others think it is more important to ensure personal privacy, even if that might raise the risk of crime. How do you think the leaders of the primary law enforcement agency that serves your jurisdiction feel about the trade-offs between protecting privacy and ensuring public safety?

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
Some people think that in order to prevent crime, it is important for law enforcement agencies to maximize surveillance, as through the use of dashboard cameras, body cameras, and public surveillance, even if this threatens personal privacy. Others think it is more important to ensure personal privacy, even if that might raise the risk of crime. How do you think the leaders of the primary law enforcement agency that serves your jurisdiction feel about the trade-offs between protecting privacy and ensuring public safety? Protecting personal privacy is more important than ensuring public safety 0% 1% 4% 2% 2%
Personal privacy and public safety are equally important 45% 47% 59% 55% 50%
Ensuring public safety is more important than protecting personal privacy 32% 19% 25% 17% 21%
Don't Know 23% 32% 12% 26% 28%
*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
Some people think that in order to prevent crime, it is important for law enforcement agencies to maximize surveillance, as through the use of dashboard cameras, body cameras, and public surveillance, even if this threatens personal privacy. Others think it is more important to ensure personal privacy, even if that might raise the risk of crime. How do you think the leaders of the primary law enforcement agency that serves your jurisdiction feel about the trade-offs between protecting privacy and ensuring public safety? Protecting personal privacy is more important than ensuring public safety 2% 1% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Personal privacy and public safety are equally important 46% 51% 58% 57% 48% 50%
Ensuring public safety is more important than protecting personal privacy 20% 20% 17% 27% 28% 21%
Don't Know 33% 28% 23% 14% 21% 28%
*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
Some people think that in order to prevent crime, it is important for law enforcement agencies to maximize surveillance, as through the use of dashboard cameras, body cameras, and public surveillance, even if this threatens personal privacy. Others think it is more important to ensure personal privacy, even if that might raise the risk of crime. How do you think the leaders of the primary law enforcement agency that serves your jurisdiction feel about the trade-offs between protecting privacy and ensuring public safety? Protecting personal privacy is more important than ensuring public safety 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 3% 2%
Personal privacy and public safety are equally important 46% 48% 54% 49% 49% 52% 50%
Ensuring public safety is more important than protecting personal privacy 21% 20% 17% 22% 19% 23% 21%
Don't Know 32% 30% 27% 28% 30% 22% 28%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.