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.

Michigan Capital Building

November 2021

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

This report presents local government leaders’ views regarding the functioning of democracy in their jurisdictions, the State of Michigan, and the United States as a whole, as well as their confidence in elections in their own jurisdiction, across Michigan, and in other states. The findings are based on statewide surveys of local government leaders in the Spring 2021 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey, and includes comparisons to Spring 2020 responses.
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Democracy Compendium

The functioning of democracy at the local level: a compendium of findings from the Michigan Public Policy Survey of local leaders

December 2020: CLOSUP's Democracy Compendium summarizes 12 years of research on Michigan local government leaders’ views on democracy and democratic governance. The findings come from the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), a program that has gathered the opinions of elected and appointed officials from all 1,856 of Michigan’s general purpose local governments over the last 12 years.
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Michigan Capital Building

July 2021 Government Performance

Local leaders' concerns about Michigan’s direction spike, while evaluations of state leaders sink over the past year

July 2021: 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 2021 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) and tracking comparisons to previous spring waves.
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Annual Fiscal Health Report

COVID-19 pandemic sparks Michigan local leaders’ concerns for fiscal health

December 2020: 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 12 statewide survey waves of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) conducted annually each spring from 2009 through 2020.
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