Wisconsin Economic Scorecard released for third quarter of 2013

UWM poll shows support for proposed iron ore mine, mixed opinions on casino, opposition to sales tax increase

The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard released for the second quarter of 2013 reveals support among registered voters for the proposed Gogebic Taconite open-pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin (51% in favor/35% opposed) and mixed opinions on whether or not the governor should approve a new Menominee tribal casino in Kenosha (44% in favor/41% opposed). Additionally, the poll shows strong opposition among voters in the seven-county metro Milwaukee region to a possible sales tax increase aimed at funding renovation or replacement of the Bradley Center (27% in favor/69% opposed).

The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard is a quarterly poll of Wisconsin residents conducted by the UWM Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) in cooperation with Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM 89.7) and WisBusiness.com. The survey measures perceptions of the health of Wisconsin’s economy, personal economic circumstances of Wisconsin residents, and public opinion regarding important state economic issues.

The research brief for the scorecard is available at http://www4.uwm.edu/cuir/research/wi-econ-scorecard.cfm

Other major findings:

Regarding the pace of job creation in the state, 52% of Wisconsin residents express dissatisfaction, while 48% say they are satisfied. One in four say they are “very dissatisfied,” compared to just one in twenty who say they are “very satisfied.”

58% of residents feel the state is heading “in the right direction,” but just 30% give the current state economy a positive evaluation.

A majority of Wisconsin residents (52%) expect that the state economy will “stay about the same” over the next year. The proportion of residents expecting the Wisconsin economy to “get better” has decreased to 34%, down from over 50% at this time last year.

The proportion of Wisconsin residents describing their personal financial situation as “poor” has increased for the fifth consecutive quarter, rising to 18%.

More Wisconsin residents feel that granting a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would have a negative impact on the state economy (41%) rather than a positive impact (28%) or no real impact (31%).

This poll is a random digit dial telephone survey of 427 Wisconsin residents conducted from September 23-26. Margin of error: All respondents ±4.7%  Registered voters ±4.9%  7-county Metro Milwaukee voters ±7.9%.

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CONTACT: Joseph Cera, manager of the CUIR Survey Center, is available Thursday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 4, at 414-229-2676 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email jacera@uwm.edu.