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Statewide poll shows voters want more infrastructure fixes

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In a statewide poll Michigan voters say fixing infrastructure is at the top of the list.

Gov. Rick Snyder $1.2-billion road funding package takes effect this year. You’ll see registration fees increase and you’ll notice an additional fuel tax at the pump. On top of that, the state will move $600 million from the general fund to help fix state roads and bridges.

Still, in a recent poll of 600 registered Michigan voters, Lansing-based Epic-MRA found it’s not just the roads and bridges that need fixing, resident surveyed want drinking water and sewer systems are up to date, too.

Epic-MRA says, “Nearly 31 percent of voters said fixing the state’s infrastructure is the top problem facing Michigan, followed by improving the quality of education at 19 percent, and improving the economy and creating more jobs at 13 percent.”

What’s more, “The survey found that fixing Michigan’s infrastructure is the top concern of voters in all geographic regions of the state; at all income levels; in all age groups; among those with and without college degrees; among men and women; among Republicans, Democrats and Independents; among all religious groups; for voters with and without a union member in their household; among voters who support and oppose the Tea Party; and voters who do and don’t have children in their households.”

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.