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Poll: Lansing voters split on direction of city

Wednesday, March 22, 2017  
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Infrastructure, jobs and economy identified as top priorities

 

Forty-four percent of Lansing voters say the city is heading in the right direction, 30 percent believe it is heading in the wrong direction and 26 percent are undecided according to a recent survey conducted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and Denno Research.

 

“While the City of Lansing has made progress and continues to move forward, there is still work to be done,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and CEO. “Voters have clear expectations for the city and its elected officials.”

 

2017 will be a critical year for Lansing.

 

“Voters are split on the direction of the city, but have clear priorities for the city,” said Dennis Denno, president of Denno Research. “Improving the city’s infrastructure is by far the most important issue residents believe the next Mayor should tackle.”

 

Sixty percent of Lansing voters believe that improving city’s infrastructure, including roads and sidewalks is the number one priority. A focus on jobs and the economy is in a distant second with 12 percent, with the rest of the issues garnering less than 10 percent. Following infrastructure, jobs and the economy, voters also want to see the next Mayor improve public safety (13 percent, second most important) and tackle the issue of medical marijuana shops (12 percent).

 

“Thriving cities have infrastructure in place to support business and economic growth,” said Steve Japinga, LRCC business advocacy director. “Job creation, economic prosperity and the success of our local business community are crucial to the success of Lansing and our region.”

 

The following is the actual wording and results:

 

Do you think things in the City of Lansing are on the right direction or do you think things are off in the wrong direction?

 

Right Direction: 44.0%

Wrong Direction: 30.3%

Other/Unsure/Do Not Know: 25.7%

 

What is the number one issue you would like to see the new Lansing mayor tackle in 2018? Is it:

 

Improving Lansing's infrastructure, including roads and sidewalks: 59.7%

Jobs and the economy: 12.3%

Addresses the issue of medical marijuana shops: 7.0%

Neighborhoods: 5.3%

Public safety: 5.0%

Dealing with the city's budget and legacy costs: 3.7%

Addressing our parks and trails: 2.0%

Other/Unsure/Do Not Know: 5.0%

 

OK, so what would be the SECOND most important issue you would like to see the new Lansing mayor tackle in 2018? Is it:

 

Improving Lansing's infrastructure, including roads and sidewalks: 19.7%

Jobs and the economy: 18.0%

Public safety: 13.0%

Addresses the issue of medical marijuana shops: 11.7%

Dealing with the city's budget and legacy costs: 11.3%

Neighborhoods: 11.3%

Addressing our parks and trails: 7.0%

Other/Unsure/Do Not Know: 8.0%

 

Methodology

 

This was a survey of likely 2017 general election voters in Lansing, MI conducted by Denno Research. 300 respondents were surveyed from March 7-9, 2017, with a margin of error of plus/minus 6 percent. 75 respondents (25 percent) were from cell phone users, in an attempt to gather younger residents who do not have a land line. Numbers are rounded and may not equal 100 percent.

 

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