Repairing Michigan’s infrastructure is at the forefront of voters’ minds heading into the November election, according to a statewide survey of 600 residents by Lansing-based polling firm EPIC-MRA.
A quarter of respondents chose fixing Michigan’s roads, bridges and dams, drinking water sources and wastewater treatment systems as the issue they were concerned about most. It was followed by improving the quality of education, which 16 percent of respondents picked as their top priority. Coming in third was controlling for crime and drugs.
The survey was conducted between Dec. 9-13 for Fix MI State, a campaign led by the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association that focuses on building awareness of the state’s infrastructure needs. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.
“Even with the Flint water crisis and the Fraser sinkhole no longer generating daily stories in state and national media, Michigan voters are well aware of the state’s deteriorating infrastructure because they experience it in their lives each and every day,” EPIC-MRA’s Bernie Porn said in a statement. “While we may be more divided than ever before on many issues, there is broad agreement among all groups of voters that infrastructure is the single top problem facing Michigan, and voters want the legislature to fix it.”