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Video & results for Michigan Deliberative Poll on "Hard Times, Hard Choices"

Jim FishkinJim Fishkin shared this on the NCDD Discussion list tonight, and I thought I’d share it here as well…

The documentary from MacNeil/Lehrer Productions about the statewide Deliberative Poll in Michigan is now being broadcast around the country. It can also be seen on the PBS Newshour website at www.pbs.org/newshour/video/share.html?s=news01pd8e.

It is hosted by Jim Lehrer and produced by the Newshour team. Detailed results are on our CDD web site at http://cdd.stanford.edu/polls/btp/#michigan.

It is very striking that when the people grappled with the state’s economic problems, they moved to raise the taxes whose pain they directly feel (the sales tax and the income tax) and they moved to lower the taxes they feel only indirectly (business taxes, presumably to stimulate jobs). They really grappled with hard choices. It was also a great sample, representative in attitudes and demographics. The whole state in one room faced up to the state’s difficult choices.

Jim is the Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford, creator of Deliberative Polling and author of When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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