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Michigan Residents Feel Upbeat on Economy, Less so on Trump

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

According to the latest State of the State Survey, Michiganders are more positive about their personal finances than they’ve been in nearly two decades, but their feelings about President…

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Midterm Election Outlook via State of the State Survey

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Voting Day

With midterm elections less than one week away, Democrats appear to lead in two top-of-ticket races, according to Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey, or…

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Latest State of the State Survey Indicates Increased Consumer Confidence

Monday, June 18, 2018
Lansing Capitol

Michigan residents have increased confidence in their state’s economy but only tepid toward top elected leaders finds Michigan State University’s latest State of the State Survey. “Michigan’s consumer confidence…

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Survey Results Show Michigan Voters Undecided on Governor Elections

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Vote here sign

With the 2018 election six months away, Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research released findings from its latest State of the State Survey, or…

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85% of Taxpayers Overstate Their Actual Federal Income Taxes

Friday, March 30, 2018
Charles Ballard and Sanjay Gupta

About 85 percent of taxpayers overstate their actual federal income taxes, according to new research from Michigan State University. Charles Ballard, professor of economics, and Sanjay Gupta, the Eli and…

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Michiganders Optimistic about Economy, Less Happy with Leaders

Monday, March 5, 2018
Charles Ballard

The latest State of the State Survey (SOSS) reveals that Michiganders are more confident in the economy than they are in elected officials, and they have a positive…

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Michigan Residents Bullish on Economy, But Not on Trump

Monday, August 28, 2017
Charles Ballard

Consumer confidence in Michigan rose to its highest level in 15 years, even as Donald Trump’s approval ratings in the state were the lowest of any incoming president…

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Clinton Winning Michigan Easily

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Matt Grossman, associate professor of political science, talks about his research on Monday September 14, 2015.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a wide lead over businessman Donald Trump among likely Michigan voters, winning support from women, educated and non-white voters, a new…

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Michiganders Upbeat About Economy

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Charles Ballard

Michigan residents remain confident about the economy with better than half of them calling their current circumstances excellent or good, according to Michigan State University’s State of the…

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Flint Fallout: Snyder’s Popularity Plummets

Monday, April 18, 2016
State Capital, Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval ratings plummeted in the wake of the Flint water crisis, and Michiganders now consider city infrastructure the state’s biggest problem, according to Michigan State…

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