Voters support improved road conditions and fair hospital fees for auto accidents
Lansing, Mich. – Nearly 70 percent of Michigan voters gave Michigan’s road conditions a “bad” rating according to a recent statewide survey conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG) of Lansing. Additionally, 44 percent of all respondents said someone in their household had sustained damage to their vehicle in the last year from the condition of Michigan roads and bridges, which include 30 percent who personally had sustained damage.
When respondents were asked if they would support or oppose redirecting some of the six-percent sales tax collected on gasoline sales to repairing and maintaining Michigan roads and bridges, 53 percent said they support redirecting some of the retail sales tax on gasoline to roads and bridge repairs and maintenance – including 29 percent who strongly support it.
Support for redirecting some of the sales tax collected on gasoline sales to fix the roads and bridges, by geographic region, is over 50 percent in all areas except in Macomb County and Wayne County excluding the City of Detroit.
“Michigan voters agree that something needs to be done about our roads,” said Tom Shields, president of MRG. “This issue is so important to voters that a majority are willing to support shifting some of the sales tax on gas to roads and bridges, even if it means shifting some funding from schools and local governments.”
Republicans are more supportive than Democrats. Sixty-one percent of Republicans support the tax shift to pay for the roads and bridges, while 48 percent of Democrats say the same, and 50 percent of ticket-splitters support redirecting some of the gas retail sales.
Voters support legislation to require fair hospital fees for auto accident healthcare
Regarding legislation that would require hospitals to charge car insurance companies and healthcare insurers the same amount for the same services, more than 83 percent of respondents support fair hospital fees for auto accidents, while only 8 percent oppose.
Voters in every geographical area of the state and in every demographic group overwhelmingly thought that it was unfair for hospitals to charge auto insurance companies more than they charged other medical insurance companies.
“Hospitals are charging 300 to 500 percent more to those who have been involved in an auto accident,” said Shields. “It’s clear that voters support legislation that would require hospitals to charge auto accident victims and their insurance companies the same healthcare rates for the same services that everyone else pays.”
The actual wording of the questions and the results are below:
“Would you rate the condition of roads and bridges in Michigan as very good, good, fair, bad or very bad?”
Very good: 0.7%
Very bad: 40.2%
Don’t know: NA
TOTAL GOOD: 7.1%
TOTAL BAD: 69.7%
“In the last year, have you or anyone in your immediate family had damage to your car from the condition of Michigan roads and bridges?”
Someone else in the household: 13.0%
Don’t know: 20.5%
TOTAL HOUSEHOLD: 43.6%
TOTAL PERSONALLY: 30.6%
“In Michigan, most of the six-percent retail sales tax collected on gasoline sales is used to find schools and local governments. Would you support or oppose redirecting some of the sales tax collected on gas to repairing and maintaining Michigan roads and bridges?”
Strongly support: 29.0%
Somewhat support: 24.0%
Somewhat oppose: 13.0%
Strongly oppose: 27.0%
Don’t know: 6.0%
TOTAL SUPPORT: 53.0%
TOTAL OPPOSE: 40.0%
“In Michigan, your car insurance is responsible for any health care costs related to injuries occurring in a car accident. Hospitals and other healthcare providers charge car insurance companies substantially more than they charge other health insurance providers for the same services. For example, if you need an MRI because of a car accident, your car insurance company will pay, on average, 300 percent to 500 percent more for your MRI than your health insurance provider would pay for the same MRI. Would you support or oppose legislation to require hospitals to charge car insurance companies and healthcare insurers the same amount for the same services?”
Strongly support: 68.1%
Somewhat support: 15.2%
Somewhat oppose: 2.8%
Strongly oppose: 4.9%
Don’t know: 7.6%
TOTAL SUPPORT: 83.3%
TOTAL OPPOSE: 7.7%
Marketing Resource Group’s Fall 2014 MRG Michigan Poll was conducted September 30 through October 1, 2014. The poll was conducted by live professionally trained telephone interviewers. The random sample, consisting of 600 likely voters who indicated that they will be voting in the November general election, has a margin of error of ±4.1 percentage points or less within a 95 percent degree of confidence.
The cluster sample was drawn from a list of voters likely to vote in the November general elections, which is determined by their participation in previous statewide general elections. The individuals included in that list and their voting histories are updated monthly. The poll sample is stratified by statewide voter turnout and is geographically representative of general election voter turnout in Michigan. Twenty percent of the respondents are likely voters who live in cell phone-only households.
About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.
MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.