Poll: Where Michigan voters stand on expanding early voting, private school tax credits
Most Michigan voters support increasing the time frame for in-person voting and preparing absentee ballots before Election Day, but don’t fully support giving tax credits to private school donors, according to a new poll.
Poll: Where Michigan voters stand on races for governor, secretary of state, attorney general
Michigan residents are highly motivated to vote in the state’s November gubernatorial election, and high-profile Democratic incumbents appear to be favored to win in three major races, according to a new WDIV/Detroit News poll.
Survey: Nearly half of Americans say they experienced changes in physical, mental health amid pandemic
Nearly half of Americans said they’ve experienced changes in their physical and mental health during the pandemic, according to the 2021 Healthy Now survey from the Cleveland Clinic and Parade Magazine.
University of Michigan: More Detroiters say they’re now ‘very likely’ to get COVID-19 vaccine
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, Yvonne Gibbs, 72, receives Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, at the TCF Center in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT, Mich. – The number of Detroiters who say they’re “very likely” to get the COVID-19 vaccine when they’re eligible has more than doubled since fall 2020, according to a new University of Michigan survey. The least important factors are where the vaccine was manufactured and whether people they know are getting the vaccine. “DMACS allows us to track how Detroiters’ attitudes about the COVID-19 vaccine have changed over time. AdAccording to a U-M news release, other findings from the newest DMACS survey include:
We asked. You answered. Here are the Ann Arbor women who inspire you.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ann Arbor has some really inspiring women. She is very involved in her local community with many local charities. Marsha was my supervisor as a referee at Ann Arbor Rec Ed. AdMarsha Mumm has inspired students, players, youth, and families of all kinds through her leadership within Ann Arbor Rec Ed for 40 years, her 32 years of teaching at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, and her countless associations with recreational/athletic/wellbeing initiatives in the A2 area. She is awesome, a true community collaborative leader.” - Susan S.AdWant to see another list of amazing Ann Arbor women?
A4 Survey: Which Ann Arbor women inspire you?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It’s Women’s History Month! To celebrate, A4 wants to honor the women that make A2 great, but we need your help. Tell us which woman (or women) in Tree Town you want to hear about. Nominees can be current or historical but they must live (or have lived) in Ann Arbor OR had an impact on the area. Let us know below!
Parents: If you had a weeklong vacation all to yourself, how would you spend it?
But for others -- namely parents who have had to juggle their remote work and their children’s remote schooling and general care -- the circumstances are less than ideal. In some states, parents were willing to pay upward of $2,000 for time alone. AdWe want to hear from you: If you were able to secure a weeklong vacation for yourself, away from your family, where would you go? Whether you’re new to parenting or a seasoned vet, we recently launched our Kidding Around Newsletter to share with you parenting topics that you care most about. Check out, and maybe sign up for, our newest Newsletters right here.
City of Ann Arbor seeks volunteers to help identify, monitor amphibian populations
ANN ARBOR – Want to get outside and try something different this spring? The city of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation is searching for volunteers to help monitor frog, toad and salamander populations in the city’s parks and nature areas. Salamander Survey Kickoff and TrainingLearn to monitor Ann Arbor’s five species of salamanders. AdThe Saturday Zoom session will run from noon to 2 p.m.Frog & Toad Survey Kickoff and TrainingLearn to identify frogs and toads by eye and ear, and select which route you’d like to survey. The Saturday Zoom session will run from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Poll: Tooth Fairy now handing over about $4.70 per tooth
The Original Tooth Fairy Poll has typically mirrored the economy’s overall direction, tracking with the trends of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) for 16 of the past 19 years. The Tooth Fairy’s average cash gift just reached $4.70, its highest point in the annual Delta Dental poll’s 23-year history. In Arkansas, as across the South, the Tooth Fairy pays about $4.45, tracking the U.S. average most closely. Baby teeth fetch the least in the Midwest ($3.66), and the most in the North ($5.72) and the West ($5.54). “The annual Tooth Fairy Poll is a bit of light-hearted fun to draw attention to good oral care, starting with baby teeth,” said Dave Hawsey, vice president of marketing at Delta Dental of Arkansas.
Michigan restaurants and COVID survey results: What our membership thinks
Qualitative responsesQuestion: Do you believe it is safe for restaurants to resume indoor dining in Michigan? Workers need to work.”“No. Not enough vaccine and too many variants.”Question: Will you be going back to indoor dining at restaurants now that they are allowed to reopen? I may trust the restaurants to provide best protocol, but I do not trust the other patrons.”“No. While some restaurants are thriving with take-out, many are losing money, laying off workers and just trying to stay above water.
🍽️ Michigan restaurants survey: Are you going?
Michigan restaurants are opening to indoor dining this week, but do you feel safe about going? ➡️ View the full survey results here. Thank you for taking part in the survey! We believe it is important for neighbors who care -- neighbors like you! More survey results:
Survey: Have you received the COVID vaccine? Share your experience
Please take part in this COVID-19 vaccine survey so we can learn more about how the vaccine rollout has been going in Michigan:Thank you for taking part in the survey! 🙏Your participation in our Insider membership surveys means the world to us! We believe it is important for neighbors who care -- neighbors like you! -- to come together and express your beliefs on important community issues. Read: Tips on getting a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in MichiganMore survey results:
Survey: Are you going back to Michigan restaurants? (Results)
Michigan restaurants will be opening to indoor dining this week, but do you feel safe about going? Health officials have identified indoor dining as one of the easiest places for the virus to spread. 61% said they DO NOT feel it is safe for restaurants to resume indoor dining right now in Michigan. When a much larger percentage of the population gets vaccinated then it will feel more comfortable going into restaurants. 🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience.
Red Wings 2021 preseason survey: Fans expected better team, 6th place in division, Mantha to be leading scorer
Let’s take a look at the full results from the preseason survey given to “Dear Red Wings” newsletter subscribers -- a loyal group of Red Wings fans:Do you think the Red Wings will be better this season than last? (2021 preseason survey) (WDIV)How many wins do you think the Red Wings will have by the end of the 56-game season? (2021 preseason survey) (WDIV)Who will be the Red Wings’ leading scorer this season? Larkin was named captain a day before the Red Wings’ season opener. (2021 preseason survey) (WDIV)Yzerman has given us optimismIt’s not crazy to see Red Wings fans more optimistic about this squad.
ClickOnDetroit COVID vaccine survey results -- view here 💉
ClickOnDetroit surveyed its membership readers about the COVID-19 vaccine. Key takeaways:A majority -- 63% -- of respondents said they will receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their turn to receive it. 75% of respondents believe the COVID-19 vaccine producers are interested in their health. who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but says they still won’t get it. 🙏Your participation in our Insider membership surveys means the world to us!
Survey: 58% of Michigan voters say COVID-19 is affecting household finances
Results from a survey of Michigan voters at the beginning of December suggest residents are terribly concerned about the state’s economy with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting their household finances. The Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) said it conducted this statewide survey of 600 registered Michigan voters between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4, 2020. 58% of Michigan voters say that COVID-19 is affecting their household finances. Gretchen Whitmer:63.3% of Michigan voters believe Gov. On Michigan Legislature:29.0% of Michigan voters say the state’s legislative leaders are doing everything they can to get the pandemic under control.
Survey: Michigan voters favor Whitmer while many believe COVID threat is being downplayed
Gretchen Whitmer -- 63.3% of Michigan voters believe Whitmer is aggressively working on getting the pandemic under control and protecting public health, according to the survey results. The Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) said it conducted this statewide survey of 600 registered Michigan voters between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4, 2020. 60.3% believe the threat of COVID-19 has been balanced or downplayed, compared to 33.8% who believe the threat has been exaggerated. On the economy:83.7% of Michigan voters believe the state’s economy is worse now than before the pandemic hit. Gretchen Whitmer:63.3% of Michigan voters believe Gov.
In-depth Ford survey reveals how COVID-19 pandemic has changed consumers’ values
DETROIT – Ford Motor Company conducted a global survey and released the results to the public. In this case, the findings reflect changes brought on by COVID-19, so Ford decided to share the results. Sheryl Conelly is Ford’s Global Consumer Trends Manager and told Local 4 why the survey exists. One of the trends they discovered is more than half the people surveyed still aren’t certain about electric vehicles. Considering electric vehicles will be rolling out in a few years, the auto companies know this is something they need to address.
Global survey finds people more resilient, adaptive during COVID pandemic
Acutely aware of the implications of the pandemic on mental health, people are finding innovative ways to cope and connect. More than 1 in 4 adults globally said they use their vehicle to relax. 76% of adults globally say they expect brands to take a stand on social issues – and 75% said they think brands today are trying to do the right thing. 67% of adults globally said they are “hopeful about the future of autonomous vehicles,” and 75% of parents said they’d rather their children ride in a self-driving car than with a stranger. Younger generations are particularly concerned: 46% of Gen-Z-ers globally say the pandemic has made us more wasteful -- and 47% say that long-term, the pandemic will have a negative impact on the environment.
Quality of life in Ann Arbor strong, but here’s what concerns residents on 2020 Citizen Survey
ANN ARBOR – The city of Ann Arbor released Tuesday the results of its 2020 Citizen Survey, which asked 2,700 randomly selected residents over the summer to share their opinions on quality of life, city services and amenities. Here’s how they responded to the NCS Community Livability Report:90% of the respondents rated Ann Arbor as an “excellent” or “good” place to live. Respondents rated Ann Arbor’s walkability and bus or transit services as “exceptional” and higher than other cities around the country. Roughly 8 in 10 residents said the overall economic health of Ann Arbor was strong. To see the report’s complete survey responses, detailed survey methods, survey and benchmark comparisons, click here.
Should Michigan extend its COVID restrictions beyond Dec. 8?
In response to rising COVID cases and deaths throughout the U.S., some states are ramping up restrictions to help curb virus spread -- like in California, for instance, where residents are heading into another sweeping lockdown. Update Dec. 7: Michigan COVID restrictions extended through Dec. 20: What to knowUpdate Dec. 7: Michigan hospitals urge state to extend COVID restrictions ‘to see meaningful change’In Michigan, the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a “three-week pause” in November that bans indoor dining at bars and restaurants, in-person learning at high schools and colleges and more through Dec. 8. As of Dec. 6, Michigan is beginning to see a slowing growth rate of daily new COVID-19 cases following a surge in recent weeks -- but virus deaths are still rising across the state. COVID hospitalizations in Michigan have also been steadily increasing since October, including upticks in critical care and ventilator use. We want to know: Are you in favor of extending Michigan’s current coronavirus restrictions beyond Dec. 8?
Michigan shoppers: Are you more likely to shop at small businesses or big-box stores?
The day after Black Friday is commonly known as Small Business Saturday, when consumers are encouraged to patronize and support small, local businesses. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said if Michiganders switched one in every ten purchases from big-box stores to local businesses, it would pump more than a billion dollars into the economy and create more than 10,000 jobs. With the coronavirus pandemic hitting locally-owned businesses extra hard, it’s safe to say that it’s important to support small businesses on more than one day this year to help them stay afloat. Michigan shoppers, we want to know: Are you more likely to shop at small, locally-owned businesses or big-box stores? Take the quick poll and give us your reasoning in the form below.
What kinds of children’s toys are you buying this holiday season amid the pandemic?
As we inch closer to the holidays, most of us are adapting our celebrations to meet new restrictions and protocols designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. With the pandemic likely affecting your plans and events, we’re wondering if it is also affecting how you’re shopping for holiday gifts -- specifically those for children. Are you buying different kinds of toys for children this holiday season due to the coronavirus pandemic? In what ways -- if at all -- has the pandemic affected what toys you’re shopping for? Let us know using the form below.
Survey of Michigan educators shows teachers concerned about in-person learning
DETROIT – A grim and dire picture is emerging from a survey taken by the representatives of the majority of Michigan’s teachers. The Michigan Education Association today unveiled the numbers and they paint an image of teachers, exhausted, frightened, overworked and on the brink. According to the survey of 4,700 teachers, support staff and additional public school employees who responded to the MEA survey, 84 percent say they are personally concerned about the safety of reopening for full in-person learning models. Our COVID-19 Data section tracks many of the key data points health officials are watching closely every single day. Track key COVID-19 data points in Michigan:
What should government leaders focus on after the election?
This election year, the U.S. is facing a myriad of issues that aren’t solely political -- from the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, to national unrest over racism, blazing wildfires, hurricanes, you name it. No matter who you’re supporting in the General Election this November, it’s clear that the incoming government will have a lot of work to do to help the country return to some normalcy. The question is: After the November election is over, what issues should U.S. government leaders address first? Share your thoughts with us using the form below:The presidential election is on November 3, 2020. Inauguration day is January 20, 2021.
Halloween survey results: Split responses on participation plans
Here are the results from our Halloween survey of ClickOnDetroit readers. Participants were given questions will multiple choice answers and an option to elaborate on their Halloween plans. Only 25% of respondents, meanwhile, said Halloween trick-or-treating should be canceled in their neighborhood this year. 🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience. Learn more about WDIV Insider - and sign up here!
Pet owners survey suggests even stronger bond with furry friends
Furry friends are so important that some pet owners are considering their pets when it comes to election decisions. According to a new survey, 65 percent of pet owners say when they vote they will consider how issues like climate change might impact their pet’s future. Banfield Pet Hospital surveyed 1,000 dog and cat owners online. Key findings:Nearly 70 percent say they are using their pets as a way to de-stress during the pandemic. 70 percent also say they would rather watch dog or cat videos instead of election news.
Survey: What are your plans for Halloween weekend?
With the coronavirus pandemic still gripping Michigan, what will your Halloween weekend plans look like this time around? If this is you and you are not an Insider, please sign up here to receive more opportunities to participate in our surveys. We run more exclusive surveys through our membership program. 🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience. Learn more about WDIV Insider - and sign up here!
City of Ann Arbor survey seeks public input on budget priorities
The city of Ann Arbor released a new Priority Based Budgeting Survey on Monday which seeks to gauge public opinion on city spending. On Oct. 5, City Council approved to employ The National Research Center to conduct the survey. Though city officials plan for multi-year budgets, City Council are limited to adopting one fiscal year at a time. City officials are asking all residents to share their insights through the online-only survey. The survey’s results will be shared by City Council members in December and will be made visible to the community on the city’s budget public process website.
Halloween thoughts, concerns, plans: Here’s what you said
We asked ClickOnDetroit Insider members for thoughts about Halloween festivities this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Staying safe is a priority, keep distance, people passing candy, wear masks and gloves, etc.” -- Anthony in Huron Township“I plan to celebrate Halloween no differently. I think it can be done safely.” -- Janice in Livonia“I’ll be giving my children a Halloween party with a few family members and neighborhood kids. Kids had to give up way too much this year.” -- Stephanie in Dearborn Heights“Just a normal Halloween. -- Sandra in Troy“We are having a Halloween ‘party’ with just us and the grandparents that babysit our child regularly.
Why you should care about the American Community Survey
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – The American Community Survey is a 46-page document you may have been tempted to ignore if you’ve already filled out your 2020 Census quick form -- but don’t. “Every year the Census conducts the American Community Survey,” Ernest Cawvey, with Macomb Community Action, said. The households randomly chosen for the American Community Survey represent thousands. There are three ways to fill out the American Community Survey. READ: More 2020 Census coverage
City of Ann Arbor asking for public input on potential affordable housing
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The City of Ann Arbor wants community members to share their thoughts on the redevelopment of four city-owned properties. Each survey is open until Dec. 14 and takes between five to seven minutes. Community input can also be given during three live virtual sessions held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1; Nov. 9 and Dec. 10. The city is currently in the conceptual design phase for the redevelopment. The redevelopment sites are:121 E. Catherine St. (4th Avenue and Catherine Street parking lot)353 S. Main St. (Main Street and East William Street parking lot)309 S. Ashley St. (Ashley Street and West William Street parking lot)721 N. Main (a 5.26-acre site used for municipal parking)Learn more about the redevelopment sites at community-engagement-annarbor.com/
Here’s how to fill out the 2020 Census if you haven’t already
Americans began responding to the 2020 Census in March online, by phone and by mail. If you haven’t yet responded to this year’s census, you can:respond to the 2020 Census online here , orrespond to the 2020 Census by phone by calling 844-330-2020. Workers with the U.S. Census Bureau -- the agency that oversees the census -- have also been going door-to-door around the country to help residents with the survey-taking process. Deadlines for 2020 Census operations have shifted numerous times due to uncertainties caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The U.S. Census Bureau earlier this year asked Congress to push the census response deadline from July to the end of October.
Survey results: Should kids return to in-person school this fall?
Weve conducted a survey of ClickOnDetroit members to find out where everyone stands with the potential for a return to in-person school classes this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. The CDCs guidelines call for schools to return to in-person classes with the director proclaiming it critically important for our public health to open schools this fall.Despite the strong recommendation for a return to in-person classes, the CDC does warn that community spread of the virus could lead to another closure. A lot of school districts in Michigan are announcing plans to start the semester with virtual learning only. Other districts have decided to offer a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning options. Learn more about WDIV Insider - and sign up here!
City of Ann Arbor seeks input on Gallup Park vehicle bridge
ANN ARBOR The city of Ann Arbor is asking the public for its input on ways to improve the Gallup Park vehicle bridge and surrounding park roads and trails. Through a 13-question survey, community members can offer up their thoughts on what they like and dislike about the vehicle bridge as well as adjacent segments of park road and the Border-to-Border trail. According to Hillary Hanzel, a park planner and landscape architect with the city of Ann Arbor, the survey is intended to help shape the direction of the project based on the experiences of those who actively use the park. Responses to the open-ended survey questions will help the city gather a wide range of responses, concerns and ideas about the project area and community needs. In the fall, community members will be able to view draft designs based on public input.
Are you The Worlds Most Okayest Parent?' Tell us why
Live in the D is looking for Detroits Most Okayest Parent.During a pandemic with few camps and childcare, plus questionable school plans for the fall, we want to celebrate those parents who are doing a completely OK job of raising their kids. And OK is alright with us. Is your house a mess and your kids are on screens all day? Tell us what makes you Detroits Most Okayest Parent on ClickOnDetroit. If we pick your story to read on air, well send you a LITD Detroits Most Okayest Parent coffee mug.
Poll finds Ann Arbor voters in support of proposed millage
ANN ARBOR, Mich. A poll commissioned by the Partners of Affording Housing, a coalition of nonprofit organizations and citizens, suggests that voters in Ann Arbor would support a proposed millage to fund more affordable housing. In its release, Partners for Affordable Housing pointed to a decline in affordable housing around Washtenaw County as private developers have converted properties away from affordable housing. Ann Arbor City Council members Chip Smith and Elizabeth Nelson plan to present a resolution to the Ann Arbor City Council for a November 2020 ballot proposal seeking voter approval for the millage. The poll was funded by a grant given by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation to the Washtenaw Housing Alliance. Partners of Affordable Housing is a coalition of individuals and nonprofit organizations interested in a millage to support affordable housing so as to help the city achieve affordable housing goals.
Study claims Ohio is more exciting place to retire than Michigan, is wrong
DETROIT In what world is Ohio a better place to retire (or do anything, for that matter) than Michigan? Sixty and Me created a scoring system, ranking the most exciting states to retire, factoring in things like destinations, population age, mobility, recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, jobs and taxes, to name a few. Related: 12 reasons why the state of Michigan is better than OhioMichigan lakes alone should be enough to rank higher than Ohio. Heres what Sixty and Me says about Michigan:Michigans higher score comes from its volunteer opportunities (161) and golf courses (904). Alaska, Nebraska and North Dakota ranked among the least exciting places to retire.
Michigan Black Caucus Foundation canvasses in Detroit to urge census participation
The Michigan Black Caucus Foundation is trying their best to change that -- one door at a time. Were going to be knocking around 28,000 doors between now and August, said Michigan Black Caucus Foundation Executive Director Minou Jones. The organization is currently visiting Detroit neighborhoods with the fewest responses to the census. Michigans overall response rate has been one of the highest in the country, and is currently around 68 percent. READ MORE: Michigan census response rate ranks 3rd nationally, Detroit lags behind
Survey finds one-third of Michigan parents dont plan to send children back to class this fall
ANN ARBOR, Mich. A report from the University of Michigan found one-third of parents surveyed dont plan to send their children back to class in the fall. The survey shed light on how uncomfortable many parents are to send their children back to school due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I dont think hes going back, Williams said. I think she really wants to go back.U of Ms study found two-thirds of parents will be sending their children back to school. But Black, Hispanic and Asian parents were less likely to say they will send all of their children to school, compared to White and non-Hispanic parents.
City of Ann Arbor asks cyclists for opinions on bike routes
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Ann Arbors many cyclists can now share their opinions about comfortable bike routes around Tree Town through a new survey. On an interactive map of existing and proposed bike routes, cyclists can give feedback to refine a network of routes that will help the city update its Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Routes range from prioritized smaller streets for bicycle travel to separated bike paths on main streets. Those taking the survey will be asked to consider different types of bike infrastructure, like bike boulevards and side paths. The citys Comprehensive Transportation Plan is a guiding document for transportation policies, programs, and investments in the transportation network.
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History seeks community input on environmental issues
ANN ARBOR, Mich. For an upcoming forum on environmental data, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History needs your help. The museum is asking the public to take part in a 12-question survey about opinions and needs for accessing data on environmental issues and their relationships to social justice. Issues on the survey range from energy and water quality, transportation and loss of biodiversity to climate change. Answers to the survey will help the UMMNH create better conversations with academics, local government and local nonprofit or grassroots organizations. Find the survey here.
U.S. Census Bureau reminds nonresponding households to complete the 2020 survey
All rights reserved)The U.S. Census Bureau is sending out postcards for the 2020 Census survey to households that have not yet responded. The Bureau says an estimated 69 million households are receiving postcards to remind them to complete the survey. Michigan is currently among the top states for response rate to the 2020 Census with a 60% response rate as of April 28. MORE: Census 2020 response: Where Michigan ranks in response rate, a look at statewide dataStates with the highest response rate include Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska. The Bureau reports an estimated 79 million U.S. households have responded to the 2020 Census as of April 28.