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What Michiganders want: Investments in children

What Michiganders want:

Investments
in children.

Michiganders expect more investment in children.

62% support

Even if it raises their taxes.

58% support

Across every region of our state.


Top Concerns

Kids falling behind in school because of the pandemic

87%

Kids living in households that struggle to afford basic needs

82%

Exposure to trauma in homes & communities

81%

Kids’ mental health

79%

Not every kid getting the learning supports they need

78%

Percentage that say it’s a problem


Where should investments be made?

Career exposure, job training, and skill building

86%

Programs to improve kids’ mental health

83%

Programs that reduce the number of youth in the criminal justice system

82%

More affordable childcare

78%

Expanded learning time

78%

Percentage that support increased public investment in proposed area


What the future looks like with more investment in children

Outcomes deemed most important by voters:

Fewer children will experience abuse or neglect

The number of youth in juvenile justice system will decrease

Children will be better prepared for the workforce & a successful future

Kid’s mental health will improve

Michigan’s economy will improve

Economic & racial inequity will be reduced


Issued by

Conducted by

Data from a phone survey of 800 likely 2022 General Election voters in Michigan conducted July 27 – August 3, 2021.

The Skillman Foundation

A voice for children since 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy that serves as a fierce champion of Detroit children. The Foundation works to ensure Detroit youth achieve their highest aspirations by strengthening K-12 public education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways.