Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

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

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Q14b. Now, regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget deficit this year, in your opinion, what would be the preferred method for eliminating any potential deficit (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to cut costs/services, increase taxes, use any savings your jurisdiction may have, or increase debt (if legally allowable)? Majority of your jurisdiction's citizens would prefer to...

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
Now, regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget deficit this year, in your opinion, what would be the preferred method for eliminating any potential deficit (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to cut costs/services, increase taxes, use any savings your jurisdiction may have, or increase debt (if legally allowable)? Majority of your jurisdiction's citizens would prefer to... Cut costs/services 31% 28% 39% 35% 31%
Increase taxes 2% 1% 2% 0% 1%
Use any savings 46% 40% 40% 30% 39%
Increase debt 1% 1% 3% 1% 1%
Don't know 20% 30% 17% 34% 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
Now, regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget deficit this year, in your opinion, what would be the preferred method for eliminating any potential deficit (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to cut costs/services, increase taxes, use any savings your jurisdiction may have, or increase debt (if legally allowable)? Majority of your jurisdiction's citizens would prefer to... Cut costs/services 27% 31% 38% 38% 32% 31%
Increase taxes 1% 0% 0% 4% 1% 1%
Use any savings 35% 41% 42% 41% 42% 39%
Increase debt 1% 1% 1% 2% 3% 1%
Don't know 35% 27% 19% 15% 22% 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
Now, regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget deficit this year, in your opinion, what would be the preferred method for eliminating any potential deficit (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to cut costs/services, increase taxes, use any savings your jurisdiction may have, or increase debt (if legally allowable)? Majority of your jurisdiction's citizens would prefer to... Cut costs/services 26% 31% 29% 23% 32% 43% 31%
Increase taxes 1% 1% 0% 1% 1% 2% 1%
Use any savings 40% 40% 37% 42% 39% 35% 39%
Increase debt 4% 0% 0% 1% 1% 2% 1%
Don't know 30% 27% 33% 33% 27% 19% 28%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.