Tri-County area of Michigan...Wayne Co., Oakland Co., Macomb Co.--Poll

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09 3Q unemployment rates
 Wayne Co.                 18.5%
 Oakland Co.               15.3%
 Macomb Co.               18.2%

Michigan                      15.0%       
 Nation                          9.6%

BUT, even with the stats above, a Front Page story / the Macomb Daily /
       W.P. authors=Dana Hedgpeth & Jennifer Agiesta / Poll:Detroit-area residents find optimism in grim 
               conditions " Jan. 3, 2010 1A
The Tri-County area [listed above for those not from Michigan] has seen economic conditions worsen, and
" with the region's bleak jobs situation is the residents No.1 concern by a big margin" [quote]
The three areas listed are: the economy, health care expense & amount of bills piling up; to further quote from this article " compounded by a widely held feeling that the community is divided by race and income."

The authors reference the Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation-Harvard University Poll, contacting
1.211 this past November. Demographics, however, are not included for the three areas.
What is noted is that:
4 in 10 list unemployment as #1;
1/3 list they or someone in household last a job in the past year--with 43% from union households
15% list that someone in the household has given-up looking for work

also, contained are some striking items:
about 50% list that this is a bad place to raise a family
declining standard of living
swelling debt
deteriorating neighborhoods
schools that offer their children a hard road out
brutal job market

STILL it is discovered that optimism shines through;
a LARGE MAJORITY a full 63% are:
"...optimistic about the area's future
...expecting their finances to improve over the next decade."

Hoo-ray for the Tri-County Michiganders;
cannot keep you down
cannot dim your belief in yourself and fellow residents' ability to rise up,  be heard & seen as winners.

Let this Tri-County area be a 'bell-ringer' for ALL who find themselves in harsh conditions economically, emotionally, & with all the related familial problems of these times.

I would like to refer to the one statement [from the Poll] about some seeing this Tri-County Area  as a Community-divided by Race & Income
...what is the % of respondents who agreed with the premise was this question phrased
...where, demographically, was the highest % of responses in agreement
...who brought up the two-horned question placed in this Poll
...why was it found necessary to suggest that it be asked

Perhaps, some pollster had / have preconceived notions of this Tri-County area   
Perhaps, those same pollsters recall the days past when we heard about North of & South of 8 Mile Rd 
as the great divide
Perhaps, this poll was not demographically unbiased
Perhaps, this poll was another such, where your answer to "for whom did you vote in 2008" determined participation capability.

To future pollsters, don't play that deck of cards here--Michigan may have it's problems, but we will NOT let 
you take us in that direction in 2010. 
Don't try to Direct-Traffic here in Michigan
Don't place us in Your Categories 
Been There--Done That--Can't Work--Won't Let You 

Whatever motivated this poll; one thing is clear: Michigan residents are strong,  motivated, & willing to  do what it takes to come out of this mess AHEAD OF THE GAME.   
and, further more, those who are not strong enough, or motivated or capable--others of us will take you along through example, maybe kicking & screaming but definitely along the roadway to successes.  



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