A few hours before a public drop-in session scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on March 2, 2012 in the Ann Arbor city council chambers, the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority released final documents in connection with a survey of Washtenaw County voters conducted in late 2011. An overview of the survey results had been presented at the AATA board’s Feb. 16, 2012 board meeting.
Asked toward the start of the interview if they would support a 1 mill tax for countywide transit, 54% of respondents to the survey said they definitely or probably would. Asked the same question toward the end of the interview, after receiving additional information, that figure nudged upward to 59%. That compares with “before” and “after” percentages of 51% and 58% two years ago. The geographic differences fell along predictable lines, with support strongest in Ann Arbor and weaker in the outlying townships.
For the survey, Washtenaw County was divided into four areas: Ann Arbor, the Ypsilanti area, other eastern areas of the county, and the western part of the county. [.pdf of survey map] [.pdf of Ann Arbor survey report][.pdf of Ypsilanti area survey report] [.pdf of eastern Washtenaw survey report] [.pdf of western Washtenaw survey report]