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Public opinion survey shows support for regional transit authority
August 19, 2008
The majority of Milwaukee County residents have a favorable view of the services provided by the Milwaukee County government, but many also believe the government should be restructured, according to a new public opinion survey conducted for the Wisconsin Public Policy Forum.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of the respondents in the new survey are in favor of creating a regional transit authority...
Citizen Views on Government Structure in Milwaukee County
Survey of Milwaukee County Residents
Public Policy Forum Survey Report
The Public Policy Forum's new public opinion survey marks the first comprehensive measure of public opinion on county government since the eruption of the pension scandal in 2002 and the county executive's widely publicized fiscal "reality" tour in 2006. The survey also comes on the heels of a call by a prominent civic leader for elimination of county government.
Overall, the survey reveals that citizens have a favorable view of Milwaukee County and services provided by Milwaukee County government. Nevertheless, a large majority of the survey respondents see a need for some restructuring of county government. African-American as well as low-income respondents are less positive about the county and a higher proportion of them support restructuring. Respondents are evenly split in support of changes in governance regarding certain county functions.