Vote Share Analysis Findings

April 2021
Chris Campbell

Each spring, the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) asks officials from Michigan’s cities, townships, counties and villages about a range of topics concerning their jurisdictions’ administrative, fiscal, and social health, as well as other relevant issues such as COVID-19, functioning of democracy, and the decennial Census.  

We have merged MPPS responses with city and township-level data containing 2016 presidential vote to test the hypothesis that correlations exist between measures of partisanship and political homogeneity (that is, if the Democratic or Republican candidate won a overwhelming share of the vote) and how much faith MPPS respondents express in local, state, and federal election administration and the state of democracy overall. These summary statistics and basic regressions only demonstrate overall trends, but can help guide future inquiry and higher-level econometric analysis.