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Data from the State of the State Survey (SOSS) is published on this website six months after each round is completed. The data and materials on this page are freely available to researchers, instructors, policymakers, and the public, with no restrictions on usage. We encourage use of the data for publications and news releases, and we ask only that you cite SOSS appropriately.

Although we make every effort to ensure accuracy and quality in SOSS data and documentation, the materials on this page are distributed "as is." Neither the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) nor Michigan State University is responsible for any errors in the data or documentation, nor is IPPSR or MSU responsible for the interpretation of the data or documentation by persons who may use it.

SOSS Longitudinal Data: Rounds 1-72 (1994-2016)

Core Questions and questions asked frequently on SOSS

SOSS 73 (Fall 2016)

School, healthcare, charity, volunteering, environment, politics, voting

SOSS 72 (Winter 2016)

Children's Sports, Counterfeiting, Internet Use, Politics, Voting

SOSS 71 (Fall 2015)

Higher education, Political knowledge, Health care, Health insurance

SOSS 70 (Winter 2015)

Charities and volunteering, Financial planning, Retirement, Foreclosures, College access, Water quality, Health, Well-being, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 69 (Fall 2014)

Education, Health care and insurance, Children's health and nutrition

SOSS 68 (Spring 2014)

Business climate perceptions, Financial planning, Retirement, Foreclosures, Financial decision-making, Wild game meat, Child health, Voting

SOSS 67 (Winter 2014)

Approval of congress, Child health, Safe Delivery of Newborns law, Charities and volunteering, Estate planning, College access, Diversity, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 66 (Fall 2013)

Taxes, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Newborn blood screening, Health data privacy

SOSS 65 (Summer 2013)

Local government and taxes, Financial planning, Retirement, Internet access and use, Dog characteristics and ownership

SOSS 64 (Winter 2013)

Charities and volunteering, Counterfeiting, Biofuels, Government policy, Internet access and use, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 63 (Fall 2012)

College access, Health and health insurance, Newborn blood screening, Health data privacy, Voting, Public policy, Internet access and use

SOSS 62 (Summer 2012)

Counterfeiting, Home ownership, Education, Home renovations, Energy efficiency, Gay marriage, Voting, Local government service (police, fire, ambulance), Public policy, Politicians, Politics, Internet access and use

SOSS 61 (Winter/Spring 2012)

Charities and volunteering, New economy, Climate Change, Internet access and use, Voting, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 60 (Fall 2011)

Income and budgets, Retirement, Sustainable construction, Newborn blood screening, Voter registration

SOSS 59 (Spring 2011)

Counterfeiting, Green roofs, Immigration, Public policy, Environmental issues, News sources, Scientific research, Pure Michigan and tourism, Transportation

SOSS 58 (Winter 2011)

Charities and volunteering, K-12 education, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 57 (Fall 2010)

Income and budgets, Relocate out of Michigan, Retirement, News/information sources, Health and health insurance

SOSS 56 (Summer 2010)

Bovine tuberculosis, MSU Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station, Wolves, Social and political issues

SOSS 55 (Winter 2010)

Charities and volunteering, Income and budgets, Retirement, Unemployment, Green economy, Alternative energy, Health and health insurance, Domestic violence, Parenting, Finances, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 54 (Fall 2009)

Discrimination, K-12 education, Exercise, Swine flu, Government term limits and elections, Urban planning, Finances, Relocation

SOSS 53 (Summer 2009)

Unemployment, Health and health insurance, Internet usage, Information sources

SOSS 52 (Spring 2009)

Finances, Health and nutrition, Government term limits and elections, Internet access and use

SOSS 51 (Winter 2009)

Charities and volunteering, Economy, Environment, Employment and business, Terrorism, Community, Planning, Policy, Tourism, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 50 (Fall 2008)

Farmers markets, Locally grown food, Military, Terrorism, Drinking age, Transportation

SOSS 49 (Summer 2008)

Adoption and race, Discrimination, Foreclosure, Terrorism, Voting, Television

SOSS 48 (Spring 2008)

Bovine tuberculosis, Terrorism, Real ID, Taxes

SOSS 47 (Winter 2008)

Home ownership, Income and standard of living, Renewable energy, Cities, Urban planning, Pollution, Government cooperation, Government term limits and ethics, Internet access and use, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 46 (Fall 2007)

Renewable energy, Global warming, Terrorism, Energy, Travel and security, Higher education, MSU Extension

SOSS 45 (Summer 2007)

Terrorism, Charities and volunteering

SOSS 44 (Winter 2007)

Education, MSU Extension, Voting, Friends, Relocate out of Michigan, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 43 (Fall 2006)

Voting, Terrorism, Immigration, Pre-K, After-school programs, Higher education, Health insurance, Real ID, Speaking English

SOSS 42 (Summer 2006)

Terrorism, Charities and volunteering

SOSS 41 (Spring 2006)

Financial decision-making, Government term limits and ethics

SOSS 40 (Fall 2005)

Evacuation, International affairs, Terrorism, Higher education, MSU, Safe Delivery of Newborns law, Judgment, Energy, Worry, Disabilities

SOSS 39 (Summer 2005)

Terrorism, MSU Extension, Michigan cities, Livestock, Internet

SOSS 38 (Spring 2005)

Terrorism, International relations, Charities and volunteering, Estate planning, Education

SOSS 37 (Winter 2005)

Terrorism, Civil liberties, MSU Extension, Medicaid, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 36 (Fall 2004)

Terrorism, Civil liberties, Iraq invasion, Voting, Smoking, Health insurance, Education, Trust in government

SOSS 35 (Summer 2004)

Political knowledge, Government term limits, Terrorism, Civil liberties, Iraq invasion, Privacy, Weight and health, Voting, Trust in government

SOSS 34 (Spring 2004)

Voting, Congressional control, Education, Terrorism, Civil liberties, Iraq invasion

SOSS 33 (Winter 2004)

Terrorism, Government term limits and ethics, Land use, School funding, Internet use, Health, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 32 (Fall 2003)

Terrorism, State budget, Charities and volunteering, Tax incentives, Mentoring, Health insurance

SOSS 31 (Summer 2003)

Terrorism, Weight and health, Education, Voting

SOSS 30 (Spring 2003)

State budget, Terrorism, International affairs, Internet use, Government websites, Land use

SOSS 29 (Winter 2003)

Government assistance, Terrorism, State budget, Government term limits, Health care, Worry, Political knowledge, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 28 (Fall 2002)

Terrorism, Charities and volunteering, Michigan cities, Local government, Education, Crime, Health, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 27 (Fall 2002)

Government term limits, Medication, Terrorism, Welfare

SOSS 26 (Summer 2002)

Internet use, Government websites, Education, Weight and health, Health care facilities

SOSS 25 (Spring 2002)

Foreign language, Terrorism, Civil liberties, International relations, Government priorities, NAFTA, Immigration, Trust in government

SOSS 24 (Winter 2002)

Government and daily life, State economy, Foreign trade, Wetlands, Terrorism, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 23 (Fall 2001)

Michigan cities, Land use, Government cooperation, Pollution, Government term limits, Drugs

SOSS 22 (Summer 2001)

Charities and volunteering, Bovine tuberculosis, GMO, Sun and skin care, Health care and insurance

SOSS 21 (Spring 2001)

Education, Most important problem facing communities, Interpersonal relationships, Youth and communities

SOSS 20 (Winter 2001)

Voting, Political knowledge, Internet use, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 19 (Fall 1999)

Charities and volunteering, Estate planning, Health, Relationships

SOSS 18 (Summer 1999)

Collective bargaining, Medicare, Health care and insurance, Long-term care

SOSS 17 (Spring 1999)

Travel, Foreign language, Education, Political interest, Foreign trade, International affairs, Immigration, NAFTA, Pollution, Internet use, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 16 (Fall 1998)

Collective bargaining, Grading Michigan, Most important problem facing communities, Media, Internet use, Buying habits

SOSS 15 (Fall 1998)

Community and family, Role of universities in communities, Interpersonal relationships, Elder care, Health, Chronic illness, Child care

SOSS 14 (Summer 1998)

Government performance, Voting, Political scandal, Courts, Higher education, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 13 (Fall 1997)

Education, Health care and insurance, Long-term care, Estate planning

SOSS 12 (Summer 1997)

Safety and freedom, Friends, Affirmative action, Feelings, Judgment, Race, Stereotypes, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 11 (Spring 1997)

Confidence in professionals and information sources, Health and health care, Child care

SOSS 10 (Winter 1997)

Trust in government, Political knowledge, Political interaction, Public policy, Most important problem facing communities, Family problems, Charities and volunteering, Non-profits, Higher education, MSU Extension, Internet use

SOSS 09 (Fall 1996)

Economy, Voting, Political knowledge, Political views, Most important problem facing communities, Medicare, Drunk driving, Jobs, Education, Race, Stereotypes

SOSS 08 (Summer 1996)

Crime, Corrections, Mental illness, Race, Stereotypes

SOSS 07 (Spring 1996)

Interpersonal relationships, Workplace benefits, Juvenile crime, Youth, Families, Personal problems, Decision-making

SOSS 06 (Winter 1996)

State budget, Environment, Crime, Corrections, Welfare, Federal budget, Taxes, International affairs, Education, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 05 (Fall 1995)

Health care and insurance

SOSS 04 (Summer 1995)

Community, Housing, Education, Values, Immigration, Race, Stereotypes, Crime, Discrimination, Sports

SOSS 03 (Spring 195)

Social services, Charities and volunteering, Elder Care, Work at home, Working mothers, Domestic violence, Crime

SOSS 02 (Winter 1995)

Community, Health, Public services, Higher education, Social problems, Government structure, Government policy, Federal budget, Trust in government, Most important problem facing communities

SOSS 01 (Fall 1994)

Voting, State budget, Taxes, Unemployment, Inflation, Most important problem facing communities, Federal budget, Trust in government