MPPS publications

Reports from the Michigan Public Policy Survey

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The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) is the first state-wide ongoing survey of local officials from all 1,856 counties, cities, townships, and villages in Michigan. Each biannual survey provides long-term data on a number of issues, resulting in several reports that cover core fiscal, budgetary, and operational policy, compensation, intergovernmental collaboration, economic and workforce development, and more. CLOSUP continues to investigate new issues relevant to local and state policy.

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September 2022

Michigan local government leaders remain confident about their election security and administration, though concerns about disinformation increase

This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s township and city leaders on issues related to election administration in their jurisdictions. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the spring 2022 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS).
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Functioning of Democracy

Michigan local officials’ assessments of American democracy at the state and federal levels decline sharply

November 2021: This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding the state of public discourse in their communities, as well as local leaders' views on the impact of national partisan politics on relationships among elected officials and residents. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in Spring 2021, with comparisons to the Spring 2018 and Fall 2012 MPPS waves.
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2021 Fiscal Health Report

Michigan local government officials report improved fiscal health after a year of COVID-19, but not yet back to pre-pandemic levels

December 2021: This report presents Michigan local government leaders’ assessments of their jurisdictions’ fiscal conditions and the actions they plan to take in the coming year given their financial situations. The findings are based on responses from 13 statewide survey waves of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) conducted annually each spring from 2009 through 2021.
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2022 GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

Local leaders’ pessimism about Michigan’s direction continues, but eases slightly from last year

July 2022: This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding the direction in which the state is headed, as well as their evaluations of the job performance of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature. These findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the spring 2022 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) and tracking comparisons to previous spring waves.
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