Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Fall 2016 Data Tables

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Q24a. One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum from low engagement to high engagement. At the low end, citizen engagement would focus just on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the high end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the issue, 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
One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum from low engagement to high engagement. At the low end, citizen engagement would focus just on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the high end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the issue, in general, what do you think the majority of your jurisdiction’s citizens believe is the proper role for citizen engagement in local governance? Low Engagement: just keep citizens informed 22% 27% 18% 33% 26%
Have citizens provide input 51% 48% 58% 41% 49%
Have citizens recommend decisions 11% 11% 12% 11% 12%
High engagement: Have citizens make decisions 3% 2% 7% 4% 3%
Don't Know 13% 11% 5% 11% 10%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Population Size Crosstabulation
% within Population Size
  Population Category Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum from low engagement to high engagement. At the low end, citizen engagement would focus just on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the high end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the issue, in general, what do you think the majority of your jurisdiction’s citizens believe is the proper role for citizen engagement in local governance? Low Engagement: just keep citizens informed 28% 28% 29% 20% 12% 26%
Have citizens provide input 46% 50% 46% 55% 61% 49%
Have citizens recommend decisions 12% 10% 11% 15% 13% 12%
High engagement: Have citizens make decisions 3% 2% 5% 6% 7% 3%
Don't Know 12% 10% 10% 5% 6% 10%
*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
One way of thinking about the proper role for citizen engagement in local policymaking is along a spectrum from low engagement to high engagement. At the low end, citizen engagement would focus just on keeping citizens informed about issues. At the high end, citizens would actually make decisions for the jurisdiction. While it might differ depending on the issue, in general, what do you think the majority of your jurisdiction’s citizens believe is the proper role for citizen engagement in local governance? Low Engagement: just keep citizens informed 23% 23% 27% 27% 30% 25% 26%
Have citizens provide input 52% 51% 45% 47% 50% 51% 49%
Have citizens recommend decisions 14% 12% 12% 13% 9% 10% 12%
High engagement: Have citizens make decisions 3% 3% 4% 2% 2% 5% 3%
Don't Know 8% 10% 12% 12% 8% 9% 10%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.