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The survey was conducted by the University of Michigan. Fifty-three percent of the the local leaders responding to the poll say they trust their residents to be responsible participants in local governments “nearly always” or “most of the time.”
That contrasts with another recent poll of Michigan citizens, where only 35 percent of the respondents said they trust their local government to do what is right “nearly always or most of the time.”
The study, conducted October through December 2012, involved surveys sent via hard-copy and the Internet to top elected and appointed officials in all counties, cities, villages and townships in Michigan. More than 1,300 jurisdictions returned valid surveys, resulting in a 72 percent response rate.
The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.43 percentage points.
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