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EPIC / MRA Survey

Split Sample A & B - April 2001

FREQUENCY REPORT of SURVEY RESPONSES 500
SAMPLE - ERROR
±4.4%


MRA, is a Lansing based survey research firm. They conducted a survey of voters in the area about several important local issues. Phone numbers were randomly selected and surveys took about 15 minutes to complete interviewees opinions.


Questions and Results

We need to have a balance of men and women in this survey, and we also need to have young voters represented. May I please speak to the youngest [MALE/FEMALE, depending on quota specified on list] registered voter, aged 18 or older who is at home now?

IF YES: REPEAT INTRODUCTION FOR NEW RESPONDENT & CONTINUE.

IIF NO, ASK: "Is there any other [MALE/FEMALE, as specified] registered voter, 18 yyears or older, who is at home right now?" IF NOT, TERMINATE INTERVIEW.

Are you currently registered to vote at the address I am calling?

If YES --- CONTINUE WITH Q. 01
IF NO --- "Is there another [MALE/FEMALE, as specified] registered voter at home who I can talk to?" If not, TERMINATE INTERVIEW.

01. Voter turnout in local school or community college elections to vote on millage increases, bond proposals or to elect school board members is usually much lower than turnout in elections for president, governor, or even August primary elections. How often do you vote in these type of elections -- all the time, most of the time, about half of the time, seldom or never?

41% All the time ---------------CONTINUE INTERVIEW

31% Most of the time --------- CONTINUE INTERVIEW

12% About half of the time---- CONTINUE INTERVIEW

15% Seldom --------------------CONTINUE INTERVIEW

1% Too young to have voted before (volunteered) ------CCONTINUE AT Q. 03

02. When you vote, do you always vote by absentee ballot, mostly vote by absentee ballot, mostly vote by going to the polls, or always vote by going to the polls?

12%Always votes absentee

4% Mostly votes absentee 16% Total ABSENTEE

3% Votes both about equally (volunteered)

19% Mostly vote at the polls

61%Always vote at the polls 80% Total POLLS

1%Undecided/don't know

03. Overall, what would you say is the single biggest problem facing your community that local government leaders must address? [WRITE COMMENT AS STATED]

27%Education

11%Development

9% High taxes

7% Crime

4% Roads

3%Neighborhoods

3% Local government

2% Public relations

2% City services

2% Drugs

1% Race relations

1% Police actions

1%Environment

--% Parking

--% Traffic

5% Other

22%Undecided/don't know

04. Overall, how would you rate the job that your local public school district is doing providing a quality kindergarten through 12th grade education to its students -- a positive rating of excellent or pretty good, or a negative rating of just fair or poor?

23%Excellent

52% Pretty good 75% Total POSITIVE

13% Just fair

5% Poor18% Total NEGATIVE

7%Undecided/don't know

05. How about Lansing Community College, how would you rate the job they are doing providing a two-year college education or job training to their students -- a positive rating of excellent or pretty good, or a negative rating of just fair or poor?

26%Excellent ---ASK Q. 06

50% Pretty good -ASK Q. 06 76% Total POSITIVE

9% Just fair ---- GO TO Q. 07

2% Poor -------- GO TO Q. 07 11% Total NEGATIVE

13%Undecided/don't know -GO TO Q. 08

06. What stands out for you as the main reason why you gave Lansing Community College a positive rating of (EXCELLENT/PRETTY GOOD)? [WRITE COMMENT AS STATED]?GO TO Q. 08

22%Personal experience

16% A good education

16% Variety of programs

14% Helps many people

12% Family attends, attended

5% Good faculty

5%Affordable

4% Good for community

2%Cancelled programs

--% Other

4%Undecided/don't know

07. What stands out for you as the main reason why you gave Lansing Community College a negative rating of (JUST FAIR/POOR)? [WRITE COMMENT AS STATED]

25%Mismanagement

21%Political problems

17%Dropping programs

15% Heard bad things

8% Not compatible with 4-year college

6% Parking

--% Other

8%Undecided/don't know

08. When you think about Lansing Community College, what one word or phrase, either positive or negative, first comes to mind? [WRITE COMMENT]

11% A good education

10%Positive

9%Affordable

8% Quality education

7%Convenient

4% Community

4% Asset to community

3%Opportunity

2%Prepares for 4-year college

2% Lots of choices

2%Accessible

2% Good faculty

2%Negative

1% Innovative

1%Troubled

1%Small classes

1%Diversity

1%Efficient

1%Technical

1%Turmoil

1%Supportive

1%Worthwhile

1%Vocational

1%Growing

1%A starting place

7% Other

15%Undecided/don't know

09. Would you say the quality of education or job training provided by Lansing Community College has improved, gotten worse, or stayed about the same over the past few years?

34%Improved

9% Gotten worse

30% Stayed about the same

27%Undecided/don't know

10. Based on what you know or have heard or read about the current level of pay and benefits provided to the teaching staff and employees at Lansing Community College, would you say that they are overpaid, underpaid, or paid about the right amount compared to other community colleges? [IF OVERPAID/UNDERPAID] Would that be a lot or somewhat?

1%Overpaid a lot

2%Overpaid somewhat 3% Total OVERPAID

22%Paid about the right amount

24%Underpaid somewhat

10%Underpaid a lot 34% Total UNDERPAID

41%Unsure/Undecided/don't know

11. When you think about the educational services received from Lansing Community College in return for the taxes you pay to support the college, do you think your taxes are too high, too low, or about right for the return you get in educational services?

4% Much too high

9%Somewhat too high 13% Total TOO HIGH

72% About right

5% Too low

5% Don't know how much taxes I pay for Lansing Community College (volunteered)

5%Undecided/don't know


Within the next year, Lansing Community College may place a millage proposal on the ballot to provide more than $50 million in funding needed to expand, improve or consolidate current space for classrooms, laboratories and technical training facilities, and also to provide other funding for pay raises for the teaching staff and employees of the college to bring their pay more in line with the average pay for community colleges. The millage proposal planned would call for a one mill increase in property taxes, which would raise $7 million per year and cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000 an additional $50 per year in taxes.

12. If the election were held today, would you vote YES in favor of the proposal or NO to oppose it?

[IF UNDECIDED] Well, if the election were held today and you had to decide right now, would you lean toward voting YES or NO?

56% Vote Yes ----------------- ASK Q. 13

10% Lean toward voting Yes ASK Q. 13 66% Total YES

23% Vote No ----------------- GO TO Q. 14

2% Lean toward voting No GO TO Q. 1425% Total NO

9%Undecided/don't know ---- GO TO Q. 15

[ONLY ASK Q. 13 IF RESPONDENT WOULD VOTE ?YES? IN Q. 12]

13. What is the most important reason why you would (vote/lean toward voting) YES? [WRITE COMMENT AS STATED - THEN GO TO Q. 15]

32%Education is important

25% It's needed

13%Overall improvements

11% Good for community

6%Increases teacher pay

5% Small amount

4%Affordable education

3% Good past experience

--% Other

1%Undecided/don't know


[ONLY ASK Q. 14 IF RESPONDENT WOULD VOTE ?NO? IN Q. 12]

14. What is the most important reason why you would (vote/lean toward voting) NO? [WRITE COMMENT AS STATED]

51% Tax increase

11% Too much money

10% Not needed

10% Misused funds

6% Unrest in trustees

6% Need more info

3%Dropped programs

1%Increased salaries

--% Other

2%Undecided/don't know

Putting aside how you said you would vote on a millage increase when I asked you before, now I would like to read you a list of some of the specific improvements or projects a millage increase would fund. As I read each item, please tell me whether you would support or oppose each one.


15. With two new high-tech auto plants planned for the Lansing area, Lansing Community College must upgrade its auto-related, manufacturing and building trades facilities to improve training in these areas. This would be done by building a new high-tech facility adjacent to the Lansing M-Tech. This facility would compliment the training offered at M-Tech and cost $15 million. It would also free up parking at the downtown campus by moving some programs off campus. Do you support or oppose this project?

STR SUP 41%
SMT SUP
38%
SMT OPP
7%
STR OPP
9%
DK/UND
5%

79% Total SUPPORT
16% Total OPPOSE

16. By consolidating all auto-related, manufacturing and building trade instruction areas, more than 58,000 square feet of space would be freed up in the Gannon Vocational Technical Building, which would allow 45 classrooms to be created to replace the obsolete classrooms currently used in the Old Central High School Building which would be demolished. The demolition of Old Central and renovation of the Gannon Building would cost $8 million.

STR SUP 31%
SMT SUP
33%
SMT OPP
14%
STR OPP
9%
DK/UND
13%

64% Total SUPPORT
23% Total OPPOSE

17. A new Human, Health and Public Services Building would be constructed on the site of the current Administration Building. This new facility would consolidate all health and public service programs in one facility. It would include new dental and radiology classrooms. Health-related faculty would be moved from Old Central, Microbiology from the 4th floor of the Arts and Science Building, and the Dental Program from the basement of the Arts and Science Building. The cost of this new building would be $18 million.

STR SUP 35%
SMT SUP
37%
SMT OPP
9%
STR OPP
11%
DK/UND
8%

72% Total SUPPORT
20% Total OPPOSE

18. Other funds from the millage increase would be used to fund pay raises for current teaching staff of the college and to hire new staff to expand and improve teaching programs. The annual cost of pay raises and additional hiring may cost up to $1 million.

STR SUP 50%
SMT SUP
31%
SMT OPP
6%
STR OPP
7%
DK/UND
6%

81% Total SUPPORT
13% Total OPPOSE

19. After hearing these more detailed descriptions of the improvements and projects which would be funded by a millage increase, let me ask you again -- if the millage rate were increased by one mill, which would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000 an additional $50 per year in property taxes -- if the election were held today, would you vote YES in favor of the proposal or NO to oppose it?

[IF UNDECIDED] Well, if the election were held today and you had to decide right now, would you lean toward voting YES or NO?

58% Vote YES

12% Lean toward voting YES 70% Total YES

20% Vote NO

3% Lean toward voting NO 23% Total NO

7% Undecided/don't know


SPLIT SAMPLE A

Now I would like to read you some of the arguments that people have made to SUPPORT and then OPPOSE a millage increase for Lansing Community College. After I read each statement, please tell me if that statement is a very convincing argument to vote for the millage proposal, a somewhat convincing argument, or not a convincing argument at all. If you are undecided or neutral toward any statement, please say so. First, I would like to read the arguments in support.

20A. Lansing Community College needs more usable space, in fact it has one of the smallest ratios of usable square feet per student of any of Michigan?s 28 community colleges, currently ranking third from the bottom in usable space. Is this a very convincing argument, a somewhat convincing argument, or not a convincing argument at all to vote YES?

Very Convinc 37%
Smwt Convinc 38%
Not Convinc
20%
Undec
5%

75% Total CONVINCING

21A. In order to meet the demands of employers in the area, Lansing Community College must dramatically upgrade job training in the auto and health related areas. This training will help provide good paying jobs for area students.

Very Convinc 53%
Smwt Convinc 31%
Not Convinc
13%
Undec
3%

84% Total CONVINCING

22A. Supporting the millage increase will enable the College to keep tuition low.

Very Convinc 40%
Smwt Convinc 31%
Not Convinc
24%
Undec
5%

71% Total CONVINCING

23A. Lansing Community College is seeking a millage increase only after it has exhausted every effort to cut spending, including many administrative costs.

Very Convinc 32%
Smwt Convinc 35%
Not Convinc
24%
Undec
9%

67% Total CONVINCING

24A. The improvements proposed would address problems that interfere with learning, including loud mechanical systems, poor lighting, and unattractive spaces.

Very Convinc 26%
Smwt Convinc 36%
Not Convinc
33%
Undec
5%

62% Total CONVINCING

25A. Senior citizens on a fixed income may not have their property taxes increased at all if they apply for the homestead property tax exemption, which allows them to reduce their state income tax by the amount of property taxes they pay.

Very Convinc 47%
Smwt Convinc 25%
Not Convinc
22%
Undec
6%

72% Total CONVINCING

26A. The improvements proposed can make a real difference in helping students improve their classroom performance, not only in science and computer skills, but also in the basics of reading, writing, and math.

Very Convinc 46%
Smwt Convinc 30%
Not Convinc
22%
Undec
2%

76% Total CONVINCING

27A. A major reason why General Motors is building two new plants in our area is because of our workforce. In order to keep up with the technological changes, Lansing Community College must upgrade facilities to provide more high-tech training.

Very Convinc 51%
Smwt Convinc 28%
Not Convinc
19%
Undec
2%

79% Total CONVINCING

28A. Lansing Community College has increased student fees for those programs where instructional costs exceed the College average. An example of a high cost instruction program is Aviation, where an analysis showed that taxpayers subsidized this program more than other programs. With higher fees in place, the students who take flight lessons and other aviation courses must now pay higher fees to take those courses

Very Convinc 28%
Smwt Convinc 36%
Not Convinc
28%
Undec
8%

64% Total CONVINCING

29A. On a per day basis, the pay provided to teaching staff ranks 25th out of 28 community colleges. If Lansing Community College does not increase the pay for teaching staff it will be impossible to keep and attract good teachers and employees to LCC.

Very Convinc 63%
Smwt Convinc 25%
Not Convinc
10%
Undec
2%

88% Total CONVINCING

30A. After hearing these arguments in favor of the millage increase, let me ask you again -- if the millage rate were increased by one mill, which would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000 an additional $50 per year in property taxes -- if the election were held today, would you vote YES in favor of the proposal or NO to oppose it?

[IF UNDECIDED] Well, if the election were held today and you had to decide right now, would you lean toward voting YES or NO?

60% Vote YES

11% Lean toward voting YES71% Total YES

21% Vote NO

3% Lean toward voting NO 24% Total NO

5%Undecided/don't know

You just heard the arguments in SUPPORT of the millage proposal. Now I would like to read you some of the arguments that people have made to OPPOSE it. Again, after I read each statement, please tell me if that statement is a very convincing argument to vote NO on the millage proposal, a somewhat convincing argument, or not a convincing argument at all to vote NO on the proposal. If you are undecided or neutral toward any statement, please say so.

31A. The tax increase required is too much for most people in the Lansing area to afford. Is this a very convincing, somewhat convincing, or not a convincing argument at all to vote NO on the millage proposal?

Very Convinc 18%
Smwt Convinc 23%
Not Convinc
52%
Undec
7%

41% Total CONVINCING

32A. A lot of students got a good education in the existing school facilities at Lansing Community College. We don't need all of the expensive upgrades and improvements proposed.

Very Convinc 10%
Smwt Convinc 21%
Not Convinc
65%
Undec
4%

31% Total CONVINCING

33A. Before we pay any more in taxes, Lansing Community College needs to do a better job of teaching their students the programs they have now.

Very Convinc 9%
Smwt Convinc 20%
Not Convinc
63%
Undec
8%

29% Total CONVINCING

34A. Community Colleges must learn to do more with the money they already have.

Very Convinc 16%
Smwt Convinc 27%
Not Convinc
51%
Undec
6%

43% Total CONVINCING

35A. Voters should oppose the millage proposal because the public disagrees with recent actions by the Board, including their decision to eliminate associate degree programs in Dance, Court Reporting, and Dental Assisting. These decisions are not in the best interest of the community, and is just another reason why they should not be asking taxpayers for more money now. Is this a very convincing, somewhat convincing, or not a convincing argument at all to vote NO on the millage proposal?

Very Convinc 17%
Smwt Convinc 28%
Not Convinc
49%
Undec
6%

45% Total CONVINCING

36A. This tax increase should be opposed as a way of showing that people disagree with the spending priorities of the college.

Very Convinc 11%
Smwt Convinc 21%
Not Convinc
61%
Undec
7%

32% Total CONVINCING

37A. Paying for improvements to school buildings will not necessarily result in an improvement in the quality of education or job training.

Very Convinc 21%
Smwt Convinc 37%
Not Convinc
38%
Undec
4%

58% Total CONVINCING

38A. Many local public school districts are seeking huge tax increases to improve schools which makes it even more difficult to support higher taxes for the college.

Very Convinc 25%
Smwt Convinc 32%
Not Convinc
37%
Undec
6%

57% Total CONVINCING


People sometimes change their mind while taking surveys. Thinking about the arguments both for and against the millage proposal, let me ask you a final time...

39A. If a proposal were placed on the ballot to increase the millage rate by one mill, which would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000 an additional $50 per year in property taxes -- if the election were held today, would you vote YES in favor of the proposal or NO to oppose it?

[IF UNDECIDED] Well, if the election were held today and you had to decide right now, would you lean toward voting YES or NO?

61% Vote YES ----------------- GOTO Q. 42

12% Lean toward voting YES GO TO Q. 42 73% Total YES

22% Vote NO ----------------- ASK Q. 40

2% Lean toward voting NO ASK Q. 40 24% Total NO

3%Undecided/don't know ASK Q. 40


SPLIT SAMPLE B

Now I would like to read you some of the arguments that people have made to OPPOSE and then SUPPORT a millage increase for Lansing Community College. After I read each statement, please tell me if that statement is a very convincing argument to vote against the millage proposal, a somewhat convincing argument, or not a convincing argument at all. If you are undecided or neutral toward any statement, please say so. First, I would like to read the arguments in opposition.

20B. The tax increase required is too much for most people in the Lansing area to afford. Is this a very convincing, somewhat convincing, or not a convincing argumentat all to vote NO on the millage proposal?

Very Convinc 17%
Smwt Convinc 27%
Not Convinc
52%
Undec
4%

44% Total CONVINCING

21B. A lot of students got a good education in the existing school facilities at Lansing Community College. We don't need all of the expensive upgrades and improvements proposed.

Very Convinc 13%
Smwt Convinc 21%
Not Convinc
63%
Undec
3%

34% Total CONVINCING

22B. Before we pay any more in taxes, Lansing Community College needs to do a better job of teaching their students the programs they have now.

Very Convinc 10%
Smwt Convinc 16%
Not Convinc
65%
Undec
9%

26% Total CONVINCING

23B. Community Colleges must learn to do more with the money they already have.

Very Convinc 15%
Smwt Convinc 25%
Not Convinc
53%
Undec
7%

40% Total CONVINCING

24B. Voters should oppose the millage proposal because the public disagrees with recent actions by the Board, including their decision to eliminate associate degree programs in Dance, Court Reporting, and Dental Assisting. These decisions are not in the best interest of the community, and is just another reason why they should not be asking taxpayers for more money now.

Very Convinc 19%
Smwt Convinc 30%
Not Convinc
44%
Undec
7%

49% Total CONVINCING



25B. This tax increase should be opposed as a way of showing that people disagree with the spending priorities of the college.

Very Convinc 16%
Smwt Convinc 22%
Not Convinc
56%
Undec
6%

38% Total CONVINCING

26B. Paying for improvements to school buildings will not necessarily result in an improvement in the quality of education or job training.

Very Convinc 22%
Smwt Convinc 32%
Not Convinc
43%
Undec
3%

54% Total CONVINCING

27B. Many local public school districts are seeking huge tax increases to improve schools which makes it even more difficult to support higher taxes for the college.

Very Convinc 27%
Smwt Convinc 30%
Not Convinc
39%
Undec
4%

57% Total CONVINCING

28B. After hearing these arguments against the millage increase, let me ask you again -- if the millage rate were increased by one mill, which would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000 an additional $50 per year in property taxes -- if the election were held today, would you vote YES in favor of the proposal or NO to oppose it?

[IF UNDECIDED] Well, if the election were held today and you had to decide right now, would you lean toward voting YES or NO?

60% Vote YES

9% Lean toward voting YES 69% Total YES

20% Vote NO

3% Lean toward voting NO23% Total NO

8%Undecided/don't know

You just heard the arguments in OPPOSITION to the millage proposal. Now I would like to read you some of the arguments that people have made to SUPPORT it. Again, after I read each statement, please tell me if that statement is a very convincing argument to vote for the millage proposal, a somewhat convincing argument, or not a convincing argument at all to vote for the proposal. If you are undecided or neutral toward any statement, please say so.

29B. Lansing Community College needs more usable space, in fact it has one of the smallest ratios of usable square feet per student of any of Michigan?s 28 community colleges, currently ranking third from the bottom in usable space. Is this a very convincing argument, a somewhat convincing argument, or not a convincing argument at all to vote YES?

Very Convinc 38%
Smwt Convinc 43%
Not Convinc
15%
Undec
4%

81% Total CONVINCING

30B. In order to meet the demands of employers in the area, Lansing Community College must dramatically upgrade job training in the auto and health related areas. This training will help provide good paying jobs for area students.

Very Convinc 55%
Smwt Convinc 31%
Not Convinc
13%
Undec
1%

86% Total CONVINCING

31B. Supporting the millage increase will enable the College to keep tuition low.

Very Convinc 38%
Smwt Convinc 30%
Not Convinc
28%
Undec
4%

68% Total CONVINCING

32B. Lansing Community College is seeking a millage increase only after it has exhausted every effort to cut spending, including many administrative costs.

Very Convinc 34%
Smwt Convinc 34%
Not Convinc
24%
Undec
8%

68% Total CONVINCING

33B. The improvements proposed would address problems that interfere with learning, including loud mechanical systems, poor lighting, and unattractive spaces.

Very Convinc 30%
Smwt Convinc 40%
Not Convinc
25%
Undec
5%

70% Total CONVINCING

34B. Senior citizens on a fixed income may not have their property taxes increased at all if they apply for the homestead property tax exemption, which allows them to reduce their state income tax by the amount of property taxes they pay.

Very Convinc 52%
Smwt Convinc 22%
Not Convinc
21%
Undec
5%

74% Total CONVINCING

35B. The improvements proposed canmake a real difference in helping students improve their classroom performance, not only in science and computer skills, but also in the basics of reading, writing, and math.

Very Convinc 43%
Smwt Convinc 36%
Not Convinc
18%
Undec
3%

79% Total CONVINCING

36B. A major reason why General Motors is building two new plants in our area is because of our workforce. In order to keep up with the technological changes, Lansing Community College must upgrade facilities to provide more high-tech training

Very Convinc 53%
Smwt Convinc 31%
Not Convinc
15%
Undec
4%

84% Total CONVINCING

37B. Lansing Community College has increased student fees for those programs where instructional costs exceed the College average. An example of a high cost instruction program is Aviation, where an analysis showed that taxpayers subsidized this program more than other programs. With higher fees in place, the students who take flight lessons and other aviation courses must now pay higher fees to take those courses

Very Convinc 29%
Smwt Convinc 35%
Not Convinc
24%
Undec
12%

64% Total CONVINCING

38B. On a per day basis, the pay provided to teaching staff ranks 25th out of 28 community colleges. If Lansing Community College does not increase the pay for teaching staff it will be impossible to keep and attract good teachers and employees to LCC

Very Convinc 63%
Smwt Convinc 24%
Not Convinc
11%
Undec
2%

87% Total CONVINCING

People sometimes change their mind while taking surveys. Thinking about the arguments both against and for the millage proposal, let me ask you a final time...

39B. If a proposal were placed on the ballot to increase the millage rate by one mill, which would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000 an additional $50 per year in property taxes -- if the election were held today, would you vote YES in favor of the proposal or NO to oppose it?

[IF UNDECIDED] If the election were held today and you had to decide right now, would you lean toward voting YES or NO?

62% Vote YES ----------- GO TO Q. 42

9% Lean toward voting YES GO TO Q. 42 71% Total YES

21% Vote NO ----------------- ASK Q. 40

2% Lean toward voting NO ASK Q. 4023% Total NO

6%Undecided/don't know - ASK Q. 40

40. If a further scaled back proposal of one-half mill were placed on the ballot, to provide fewer improvements to the college and less of an increase in pay for the teaching staff and employees as well, and the property tax increase would increase taxes by $25 per year for an average homeowner -- how would you vote if the election were held today -- would you vote YES in favor of the proposal or vote NO to oppose it?

[IF UNDECIDED] If the election were held today and you had to decide right now, would you lean toward voting YES or NO?

22% Vote YES ----------------- GO TO Q. 42

16% Lean toward voting YES GO TO Q. 42 38% Total YES

40% Vote NO ----------------- ASK Q. 41

7% Lean toward voting NO ASK Q. 4147% Total NO

15%Undecided/don't know -------ASK Q. 41

41. What is the greatest amount of a property tax increase per year that you would be willing to support to fund the improvements that you feel are needed for Lansing Community College? [WRITE IN AMOUNT] $ PER YEAR

72% Zero ($0.00)

8% Up to $10

8% $25

5% $50

3% $75

4% $100 - more

mean: $13.25 median: $0.00

Following is a list of some of the things that community colleges generally provide. For each item, based on what you know about Lansing Community College, what do you feel the college is doing enough in that area, if more needs to be done, or if too much is already being done.

42. Providing students with the job training that meets the needs of area employers.

Much More 16%
Smwt More
33%
Enough
36%
Too Much
--%
DK/Under
15%

49% Total MORE

43. Preparing students for technology-based and occupational careers.

Much More 19%
Smwt More
30%
Enough
33%
Too Much
--%
DK/Under
18%

49% Total MORE

44. Making a two-year college education affordable for area residents.

Much More 17%
Smwt More
23%
Enough
51%
Too Much
1%
DK/Under
8%

40% Total MORE

45. Expanding education and training to better meet the needs of area employers.

Much More 20%
Smwt More
36%
Enough
28%
Too Much
1%
DK/Under
15%

56% Total MORE

46. Providing access to state-of-the-art computer equipment, training and software so students can use and understand the kind of computers and technology used in the workplace today.

Much More 22%
Smwt More
28%
Enough
28%
Too Much
1%
DK/Under
21%

50% Total MORE

47A. Providing access to education through interactive television and computer-based instruction, including access to the Internet and other forms of off-campus or distance learning.

Much More 17%
Smwt More
22%
Enough
28%
Too Much
3%
DK/Under
30%

39% Total MORE

47B. Providing access to education through a virtual college, which is an on-line computerbased interactive program, including access to the Internet and other forms of off-campus distance learning.

Much More 18%
Smwt More
26%
Enough
28%
Too Much
5%
DK/Under
23%

44% Total MORE

48. Acquiring new computer equipment and technologies to better train students for the kind of jobs that require high-tech training

Much More 21%
Smwt More
31%
Enough
21%
Too Much
1%
DK/Under
26%

52% Total MORE

49. Upgrading the College's teaching laboratories and classrooms from year-to-year, to provide the new and emerging teaching methods and technologies that support a higher level of learning for students

Much More 22%
Smwt More
37%
Enough
18%
Too Much
2%
DK/Under
21%

59% Total MORE

50. Providing courses for people currently holding jobs to learn new skills to advance in their chosen field or to get a better job in a different field

Much More 21%
Smwt More
28%
Enough
37%
Too Much
1%
DK/Under
13%

49% Total MORE

51. Offering classes in the evenings and on weekends so working people can take courses to improve their job skills and knowledge of computers and technology

Much More 27%
Smwt More
23%
Enough
39%
Too Much
--%
DK/Under
11%

50% Total MORE

52. Where do you get most of your information about Lansing Community College?

36% The Lansing State Journal

12%Television news reports

10%Lansing Community College students

8% Own children/other students

7%Other local newspapers

7%Lansing Community College teachers

5%College newsletters

5%Personal involvement

4% Parents of college students

3% Radio news reports

2%None/Don?t know/can't say

1% Other

53. Which local television station do you watch the most to get your local news?

42% TV 6 -- WLNS - CBS affiliate

33% TV 10 -- WILX - NBC affiliate

5% TV 53 -- WLAJ - ABC affiliate

4% TV 47 -- Fox 47 -- WSYM - Fox Network

1% TV 8 -- WOOD - NBC affiliate

1% More than one

--% TV 50 -- WKBD - UPN affiliate

5% Other

9%Undecided/don't know/refused --- SKIP Q. 54

54. Do you watch the early evening news at 5 or 6 P.M., the late evening news at 10 or 11 P.M., do you usually watch both the early and late evening news, or, would you say you usually don't get a chance to watch the news at all on TV?

39% Early news at 5 or 6 P.M.

21% Late news at 10 or 11 P.M.

30% Both the early and late news

6% Neither

4%Undecided/don't know/refused

--% Early Morning News (volunteered)

--% Noon News (volunteered)


55. How often do you listen to the radio, either in the car or at home -- every day, most days, sometimes, seldom or never?

67% Every day

14% Most days

6%Sometimes

9% Seldom

4% Never --------------------------- SKIP Qs 56 AND 57

--%Undecided/don't know/refused SKIP Qs 56 AND 57

56. Do you mostly listen to the radio when you are riding in a car, when you are at home, or do you listen both in the car and at home?

56% In the car

9% At home

33% Both equally

2%Undecided/don't know/refused

57. People listen to radio stations that have different kinds of formats. What kind of radio format do you like to listen to the most when you are listening to the radio?

25% Talk shows

12% Oldies

11%Classical

9% Easy listening

8%Country western

6% Light rock

6% Rock and roll

4% Religious

3% Variety

3%Contemporary

2% Jazz

2% Hard rock

--%R & B (Rhythm & Blues)

--% Hip Hop

--% Rap

--% Other

9% Undecided/don't know

58. How often do you read the Lansing State Journal -- every day, most days, a lot, sometimes, seldom or never?

54% Every day

9% Most days

5% A lot

14%Sometimes

11% Seldom

7% Never

--%Undecided/don't know/refused

59. How often do you access the Internet either on a computer at home or at work -- every day, several times a week, several times a month, several times a year, hardly ever, or never?

45% Every day

18% Several times a week

6% Several times a month

1% Several times a year

5% Hardly ever

18% Never ------------------------------------GO TO Q. 62

6%Doesn?t have a computer (volunteered) -GO TO Q. 62

1% Has a computer but no access to the Internet (volunteered) --GO TO Q. 62

--%Undecided/don't know/refused ---------GO TO Q. 62

60. How often do you use e-mail through the Internet to communicate with people -- every day, several times a week, several times a month, several times a year, hardly ever, or never?

43% Every day

18%Several times a week

6%Several times a month

1%Several times a year

5% Hardly ever

6% Never

1%Doesn?t have a computer (volunteered)

--% Has a computer but no access to the Internet (volunteered)

20%Undecided/don't know/refused

61. How often do you access the web site of Lansing Community College, located at www.lcc.edu -- one or more times a week, several times a month, several times a year, hardly ever, or never?

5% One or more times a week

4%Several times a month

5%Several times a year

12% Hardly ever

53% Never

21%Undecided/don't know/refused

62. Do you have children who are school age or younger?

32% Yes ------------------------ASK Qs 63 TO 65

67% No -------------------------GO TO Q. 66

1%Undecided/don't know -- GO TO Q. 66

63. Do you have one or more children who currently attends local public schools, private, Christian or parochial schools, public charter schools or academies, are home schooled, or do you have a combination of more than one?

66% Yes, public schools ---------------------ASK Q. 64

13% Yes, private/christian/parochial -------ASK Q. 64

4% Public charter schools or academies --ASK Q. 64

2% Home schooled -------------------------ASK Q. 64

12% No ---------------------------------------GO TO Q. 66

2%Undecided/don't know/refused --------GO TO Q. 66

64. What grades do your children attend?

38% Elementary/K-5th Grade

33% Middle school/6th through 8th grade

39% High school/9th through 12th

4% Pre-kindergarten or Head Start

--% Refused

65. Do you have infants or pre-school children who will be attending school in the future?

10% Yes -- infants

11% Yes -- pre-school

68% No/neither

11% Refused


66. For how many years have you lived in the Lansing Community College District?

3% 2 years or less

6% 3 to 5 years

9% 6 to 10 years

7% 11 to 15 years

9% 16 to 20 years

51% Over 20 years

15% All of their life (volunteered)

--% Undecided/don't know/refused

67. Could you please tell me in what year you were born?

4% 18 to 24 years ---------- (1977 to 1983)

4% 25 to 29 years ---------- (1972 to 1976)

7% 30 to 35 ----------------- (1966 to 1971)

6% 36 to 40 ----------------- (1961 to 1965)

23% 41 to 49 ----------------- (1952 to 1960)

15% 50 to 55 ------------------ (1946 to 1951)

17% 56 to 64 ----------------- (1937 to 1945)

23% 65 and over ------------- (1936 or before)

1% Don?t know/refused

68. What is the last grade or level of schooling you completed?

3% 1st to 11th grade

15%High school graduate

2% Non-college post high school (technical training)

26% Some college

31% College graduate

23% Post graduate school

--% Don?t know/refused

69. What is your race - are you White, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or a mixed race?

89% White

5% African American/Black

2% Hispanic (Puerto Rican, Mexican-American etc.)

1% Asian

--% Native American

1% Mixed race

2% Don?t know/refused

70. Do you or does any other member of your household belong to a labor union or teachers association?

20% Yes, respondent belongs

13% Yes, someone else belongs

5% Yes, respondent and one or more belong

61% No one belongs

1% Undecided/don't know

71. What is your occupation? Do you work in auto manufacturing at a GM plant, do you work in some other manufacturing, at an area hospital or in some other health related field, a service industry, for state or local government, for a local public school or college, or in some other occupation?

9% For a local public school

7% A service industry

7% For state or local government

6% Hospitals or health related field

6% An area college

4% Auto manufacturing at a G.M. plant

3% Other manufacturing

24% Some other occupation (SPECIFY)

5% Unemployed

27% Retired

2% Undecided/don't know/refused


72. Do you or does anyone else in your household currently attend Lansing Community College, or did you or anyone else in the household attend Lansing Community College in the past?

6% Respondent currently attends LCC

7% Someone else in household currently attends LCC

2% More than one attends LCC

27% Respondent attended LCC in the past

16% Someone else in household attended LCC in the past

12% More than one attended LCC

30% No one either currently attends or attended LCC in the past

--% Undecided/don't know/refused

73. Generally speaking, do you consider yourself a Republican or a Democrat?

Would you consider yourself a strong Democrat or a not very strong Democrat?

Would you consider yourself as closer to the Republican or Democratic Party?

Would you consider yourself a strong Republican or a not very strong Republican?

28% Strong Democrat

9%Not strong Democrat

7% Independent-Lean Democrat 44% Total DEMOCRAT

19% Independent

7% Independent-Lean Republican

9% Not strong Republican

17% Strong Republican 33% Total REPUBLICAN

1% Other 20% INDEP./OTHER

3% Don?t know/refused

74. Would you please tell me into which of the following categories your total yearly household income falls --- including everyone in the household before taxes?

3% Under $15,000

6% $15,000 to $25,000

7% $25,000 to $35,000

10% $35,000 to $45,000

15% $45,000 to $60,000

13% $60,000 to $75,000

16% $75,000 to $100,000

--% Over $100,000

10% Retired

20% Don?t know/refused

75. Sex

44% Male

56% Female

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