survey http://michiganradio.org en Latest Michigan Public Policy Survey shows 54% think the state's headed in the right direction http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-michigan-public-policy-survey-shows-54-think-states-headed-right-direction <p>When it comes to "performance reviews" for politicians, the Big One is the one they face at the ballot box.</p><p>For Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers, that performance review comes up in November 2014.</p><p>But in the interim, the latest <a href="http://closup.umich.edu/michigan-public-policy-survey/26/local-leaders-evaluate-state-policymaker-performance-and-whether-michigan-is-on-the-right-track/">Michigan Public Policy Survey</a> gives us all something to chew on. This one looks at how local officials view the job Governor Snyder and the State Legislature are doing.</p><p>The survey is done by the team at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.</p><p>Tom Ivacko is with the Ford School's Center for Local, State and Urban Policy. He joined us today to discuss the results.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:02:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 14004 at http://michiganradio.org Latest Michigan Public Policy Survey shows 54% think the state's headed in the right direction Childhood health poll: Americans most concerned about inactive, obese children http://michiganradio.org/post/childhood-health-poll-americans-most-concerned-about-inactive-obese-children <p>People in the United States are more concerned about the physical fitness of their community's children than any other health issue.</p><p>That was the finding of a University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital poll on children’s health.<br><br> When asked about the nation's most pressing childhood health concerns, 39 percent of adults listed "not enough exercise," trailed by "childhood obesity" with 38 percent.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:55:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8733 at http://michiganradio.org Childhood health poll: Americans most concerned about inactive, obese children Finding out how Michigan residents feel about wind power http://michiganradio.org/post/finding-out-how-michigan-residents-feel-about-wind-power <p>Residents in Manistee and Benzie counties are receiving surveys in the mail this week. The survey will ask questions about wind energy.</p><p>Christie Manning is a visiting professor at Macalester College in Minnesota. She&rsquo;s supervising the survey.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;To understand what it is about wind energy development that creates a sense of pro or anti in individuals; what are the various factors that tip a person to feel one way or the other?&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Township officials will use the survey results to help them with future zoning decisions.</p><p>There&rsquo;s also an <a href="http://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bq0etF34ByLcWPi ">online version of the survey</a> that&rsquo;s available to anyone who lives in Michigan.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:29:52 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3145 at http://michiganradio.org Decline in Americans' belief in global warming http://michiganradio.org/post/decline-americans-belief-global-warming <p>For the past decade, researchers have been studying what Americans believe about climate change.</p><p>For several years, more and more of the public has agreed that climate change is taking place. But recently, the number of people who believe climate change is happening is falling.</p><p>I talked with <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=510">Barry Rabe</a>, a professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.</p><p>He&rsquo;s the author of a <a href="http://closup.umich.edu/policy-reports/15/climate-compared-public-opinion-on-climate-change-in-the-united-states-and-canada/">new report</a> that draws on the latest public opinion surveys.</p><p>Here&#39;s what he had to say about the report, which found fewer people believe the Earth is warming:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We found in the United States as well as in Michigan that there appears to be an upward trajectory of this in the past decade. Do you think global temperatures are warming, independent of the question of human causation, and other questions about perceptions of global warming consistently increasing, probably peaking in late 2008.</p><p>Since that time in the United States, we&rsquo;ve seen a drop of about 18-20 percentage points on some of the very basic, standard survey questions that have been used for some time in the U.S. and really around the world.</p><p>In our latest survey which comes from November 2010, we actually see a little bit of bouncing back up again, not back to those November 2008 levels but for our purposes what this suggests is public understanding and perception of climate change is really a pretty volatile area of public opinion.</p><p>The numbers move around quite a bit from year to year, much more than we would have ever anticipated.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>He thinks one main reason why belief in global warming has dropped over the past couple years is because a lot of people are affected by the weather in their own backyards.</p><p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:57:11 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1458 at http://michiganradio.org Decline in Americans' belief in global warming Grand Rapids Public Schools looking for feedback http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-public-schools-looking-feedback <p>Michigan&#39;s third largest K through 12 school district is in the early stages of forming a new 5 year plan. It&#39;ll cover everything from instruction to safety to athletics.</p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 20:20:52 +0000 Lindsey Smith 206 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Public Schools looking for feedback