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Poll: Lansing Voters Split on Direction of City, Mayor Schor Receives Positive Grade

Thursday, May 9, 2019  
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Roads, Neighborhoods and Public Safety Identified as Top Priorities

Forty-two percent of Lansing voters say the city is heading in the right direction, 29 percent believe it is heading in the wrong direction and 29 percent are undecided according to a recent survey conducted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and Grassroots Midwest.

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

Lansing is at a crossroad and 2019 will be a critical year for the city. A combined seventy-five percent of Lansing voters believe that improving the city’s roads and sidewalks should be the number one priority for city officials. Addressing pensions and unfunded liabilities ranked second at 12 percent and 11 percent of voters said jobs are a top priority with the rest of the issues garnering less than 10 percent. Additionally, voters listed neighborhoods (40 percent) and public safety (30 percent) as the second most important priority for city officials. Economic development ranked third at 16 percent.

“Voters are split on the direction of the city, but have clear priorities for Lansing,” said Eric Dimoff, vice president of marketing and communications. “Improving the city’s infrastructure, specifically roads and sidewalks, is by far the most important issue to residents.”

The city’s top executive received a positive grade from voters while City Council received a passing grade. Fifty-seven percent of voters gave Mayor Schor a positive grade with 22 percent giving him an “A” grade and 35 percent giving the mayor a “B” grade. Voters were mostly undecided with their view of City Council. Forty-five percent of voters gave City Council a positive grade with 9 percent giving council an “A” grade and 36 percent giving council a “B” grade. Thirty-six percent gave City Council a “C” grade.

Lansing voters and businesses both agree that infrastructure should be a top priority for elected leaders. In the Chamber’s annual membership survey conducted in December of 2018, 52 percent of members listed regional infrastructure as the top policy issue facing their business.

“Thriving cities have infrastructure in place to support business, attract talent and encourage economic growth,” said Amanda Fischer, LRCC communications, policy and talent manager. “Vibrant neighborhoods, safe communities 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 believe the city is on the right track or wrong track?

Right Track.................................................................................. 42%

Wrong Track................................................................................ 29%

No Opinion................................................................................... 29%

What letter grade would give you Mayor Andy Schor?

A................................................................................................... 22%

B................................................................................................... 35%

C.................................................................................................. 29%

D.................................................................................................. 8%

F................................................................................................... 6%

What letter grade would you give City Council?

A................................................................................................... 9%

B................................................................................................... 36%

C.................................................................................................. 36%

D.................................................................................................. 11%

F................................................................................................... 8%

What do you believe is the most important issue for local government to address?

Roads.......................................................................................... 69%

Pensions...................................................................................... 12%

Jobs............................................................................................. 11%

Sidewalks.................................................................................... 6%

Parks........................................................................................... 2%

What do you believe is the second most important issue for local government to address?

Neighborhoods............................................................................ 40%

Public Safety................................................................................ 30%

Economic Development............................................................... 16%

Downtown.................................................................................... 8%

Free Wi-Fi.................................................................................... 3%

City Brand Campaign................................................................... 3%

Methodology

This was a survey of likely 2019 general election voters in Lansing, MI conducted by Grassroots Midwest. 511 respondents were surveyed from April 29 to May 5, 2019, with a margin of error of ±4 percent.


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