Chamber Poll: Public Safety and Cost of Living Top Issues for Local Voters

A poll commissioned by the Grand Rapids Chamber shows that public safety and cost of living are the leading concerns among local voters. The poll of citizens who are likely to vote was conducted by TargetPoint.

“The challenges faced by cities post-COVID has been a top issue nationally,” said Rick Baker President & CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber. “The Grand Rapids metro has a number of competitive advantages thanks to our history of collaboration and successful public-private partnerships.”

“At next week’s Policy Conference, we will discuss the results of this countywide poll and an Ease of Doing Business Study that highlights what residents and employers view as key challenges and opportunities to our future growth,” continued Baker. “In addition, Amy Taylor, President of Downtown Columbus Inc. will join me in a discussion on the factors behind Columbus’ nation-leading growth in 2023 and how cities can improve the quality of life and spur economic development.”

56% of voters in the poll said they feel Grand Rapids and Kent County are on the right track. 30% believed the area is on the wrong track and 12% were unsure.

Poll findings show that 71% of respondents cite both public safety and the cost of living as the most important issue. This is followed by education (66%), addressing homelessness (49%), and more jobs/better careers (44%).

29% of respondents identified as Republican, 27% as Democrat, and 27% as Independents.

“This data validates the trends we have seen over the past couple of years,” said Andy Johnston, Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Strategic Engagement for the Chamber. “These poll results provide valuable insights into the concerns and preferences of residents as we head into important City and County elections.”

“Candidates and policymakers should take note of these findings to better understand the priorities of the electorate and address the pressing issues that matter most to the community so we can advance,” continued Johnston.




Learn more about the Grand Rapids Policy Conference here.


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