1. June 16, 2022

    U-M helps launch review of government financial data standards

    A pilot project involving U-M and others is exploring whether a new fiscal reporting mechanism for governmental entities can help create transparency — and prevent future financial crises.

  2. March 17, 2022

    Local government leaders support recycling, as state falls behind

    Many Michigan local leaders report recycling is somewhat or very important to their community members, with 65% of officials from the state’s largest jurisdictions saying recycling issues are very important.

  3. October 5, 2020

    Michigan local officials confident 2020 elections will be accurate

    Confidence in running accurate elections among Michigan local government leaders remains high, despite challenges posed by a pandemic and an expected high voter turnout, according to a U-M survey. 

  4. February 11, 2019

    Perceptions play big role in how residents feel about wind energy

    When local residents feel the planning process for building wind turbines is fair and open, their perceptions of the energy source remain steady or improve with time, according to a U-M study.

  5. May 14, 2018

    Most local jurisdictions follow master plan, but struggle with too few planners

    Nearly half of Michigan’s largest local governments feel they have little staff capacity for land use planning and zoning, according to a survey from U-M researchers.

  6. November 6, 2017

    Statewide survey explores election problems, potential reforms

    A majority of local officials are very confident in their jurisdiction’s ability to administer accurate elections, but areas that hold nearly half the state’s population were more likely to report problems.

  7. May 5, 2017

    ‘Listen to us,’ local Michigan leaders tell Lansing in new survey

    Many local government leaders across Michigan aren’t content with their jurisdiction’s relationship with state government, according to a new survey by U-M researchers.

  8. July 9, 2015

    Report shows personal weather observations guide global warming views

    A new survey indicates global warming skeptics, as well as those who believe it is occurring, cite personal weather observations as a key reason for their views.

  9. June 2, 2015

    Poll shows most Americans support renewable-energy standards

    Despite recent state-level attempts to repeal or weaken renewable-energy requirements, a U-M poll finds that a majority of Americans support such mandates.

  10. March 18, 2015

    Stronger ethics policies needed, local leaders say in poll

    A new poll shows a majority of local officials in Michigan think their peers are mostly ethical, although just less than half would say the same about state legislators.