Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

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

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Q13b. 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 between elected officials and residents 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 between elected officials and residents within your jurisdiction? Very Constructive 21% 31% 19% 16% 27%
Somewhat Constructive 38% 39% 41% 40% 40%
Mixed 31% 24% 32% 30% 26%
Somewhat Divisive 6% 2% 7% 6% 4%
Very Divisive 0% 1% 1% 2% 1%
Don't Know 3% 3% 1% 5% 3%
*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 between elected officials and residents within your jurisdiction? Very Constructive 25% 28% 31% 25% 22% 27%
Somewhat Constructive 41% 38% 38% 46% 32% 40%
Mixed 25% 27% 24% 24% 38% 26%
Somewhat Divisive 4% 3% 5% 3% 7% 4%
Very Divisive 1% 1% 0% 0% 1% 1%
Don't Know 4% 3% 2% 2% 0% 3%
*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 between elected officials and residents within your jurisdiction? Very Constructive 29% 24% 29% 25% 27% 25% 27%
Somewhat Constructive 39% 46% 36% 40% 38% 39% 40%
Mixed 24% 24% 26% 27% 28% 28% 26%
Somewhat Divisive 5% 3% 3% 3% 3% 4% 4%
Very Divisive 1% 0% 2% 1% 0% 0% 1%
Don't Know 2% 3% 3% 3% 4% 3% 3%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.