The People Speak Poll
Citizen Voices from the Milwaukee Area

The People Speak Poll is a collaborative effort of the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Public Policy Forum, and The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee. The People Speak Poll is a tracking poll conducted at regular intervals throughout the year. Each poll consists of a series of regular tracking questions, plus a series of questions on a specific topic, which change with each edition of the poll. The purpose of this polling effort is to gather information from local citizens about their interests in, preferences for, and concerns about public policy. By gathering and reporting out these citizen perspectives, the partners hope to expand the public voice in policy matters affecting the greater Milwaukee area.

Latest Poll Results

December 2011
Health Care Costs and Reform
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July 2011
Satisfaction with municipal services, potential for shared services
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March 2011
State budget issues top list of concerns
Plus, perceptions of crime in metro Milwaukee

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November 2010
Area residents concerned about energy costs but less so about global warming
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June 2010
Region's residents give transportation infrastructure average grades
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March 2010
Region's residents favor subsidies for water industry
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November 2009
Tolls roads, rail find support across region
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October 2009
Milwaukee area citizens hurting, but optimistic about the future
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About the Partners

Center for Urban Initiatives and Research

For over 25 years, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) has been providing applied research services and technical assistance to public and nonprofit organizations to help them make informed policy choices. CUIR promotes strategic partnerships, across disciplines and sectors, integrating a dynamic network of expertise to address urban issues.

Learn more about the Center at http://www4.uwm.edu/cuir/index.htm


Established in 1913 as a good government watchdog, the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum currently focuses its policy research on a broad range of issues affecting southeastern Wisconsin, the state and the nation. They include education, tax and economic development policy, transportation, public safety, health, public infrastructure and other quality of life concerns. The Forum serves the public, businesses, government and other interested constituencies by spotlighting trends, defining emerging issues and facilitating productive interaction among local governments and the private sector to promote sound and innovative policy solutions. Fiercely independent and widely respected for its unbiased research, the Forum is a source of accurate information for local, state and national leaders seeking effective answers to public policy issues.

Learn more about the Public Policy Forum at http://www.publicpolicyforum.org/


The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee is an award-winning weekly newspaper that covers business issues throughout southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, the newspaper's Web site (www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee) contains breaking business news and features throughout the day and the paper hosts many must-attend events throughout the year, including its popular Power Breakfast series. The newspaper is owned by American City Business Journals, which operates 40 business newspapers throughout the United States.