Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Spring 2018 Data Tables

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Q13a. Thinking more generally about the tone of discussion and communication that takes place around local policy issues, how would you describe the general state of public discourse among elected officials themselves within your jurisdiction?

 
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
Thinking more generally about the tone of discussion and communication that takes place around local policy issues, how would you describe the general state of public discourse among elected officials themselves within your jurisdiction? Very Constructive 25% 44% 36% 33% 41%
Somewhat Constructive 42% 28% 30% 36% 30%
Mixed 23% 19% 22% 18% 20%
Somewhat Divisive 3% 4% 9% 4% 5%
Very Divisive 5% 2% 3% 4% 3%
Don't Know 2% 3% 0% 4% 2%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

 
% within Population Size
  Population Size Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
Thinking more generally about the tone of discussion and communication that takes place around local policy issues, how would you describe the general state of public discourse among elected officials themselves within your jurisdiction? Very Constructive 42% 44% 37% 32% 23% 41%
Somewhat Constructive 30% 27% 32% 36% 37% 30%
Mixed 18% 21% 17% 19% 24% 20%
Somewhat Divisive 4% 4% 5% 9% 9% 5%
Very Divisive 2% 1% 5% 3% 7% 3%
Don't Know 3% 3% 3% 1% 0% 2%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

 
% 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
Thinking more generally about the tone of discussion and communication that takes place around local policy issues, how would you describe the general state of public discourse among elected officials themselves within your jurisdiction? Very Constructive 49% 39% 46% 41% 39% 32% 41%
Somewhat Constructive 27% 29% 28% 29% 32% 34% 30%
Mixed 15% 24% 19% 20% 19% 19% 20%
Somewhat Divisive 6% 5% 4% 2% 4% 9% 5%
Very Divisive 2% 1% 2% 4% 2% 4% 3%
Don't Know 2% 1% 2% 3% 4% 2% 2%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.