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The Survey Says…

December 19, 2023

Michigan Voter Poll Sheds Light on Views of Younger Workforce

In September, the Detroit Regional and Business Leaders for Michigan released findings of a new statewide poll to better understand the key economic and lifestyle factors that influence 18-29-year-old Michiganders’ choices. The poll of 600 Michigan residents was conducted by research firm The Glengariff Group, Inc. from Aug. 14 to 19, 2023.


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Steps Needed to Retain Young Talent

Detroiter Magazine graphic1. Diversify the Economy

Economic opportunity is central to keeping and attracting young professionals, including careers in growing industries with competitive salaries.

Top 3 Suggestions to Make Michigan Better:

  • IMPROVE infrastructure
  • IMPROVE wages, benefits, and job opportunities
  • LOWER costs

2. Get the Fundamentals Right

Young persons want the same fundamentals all Michigan residents do –solid infrastructure, safe communities, good education, and such.

Top 5 Factors When Deciding to Accept a Job in Michigan Vs. Another State

  • Housing Costs
  • Crime Rates
  • Affordable and Accessible Higher Education or Job Training
  • Protection of Individual’s Rights (Race, LGBTQ+ Issues, Abortion, Etc.)
  • Proximity to Family

3. Create a Welcoming State

A state’s social policies matter. A strong majority of respondents report that states with welcoming policies that protect individual rights are more attractive.

Social Issues Grow in Importance When Considering a Job Opportunity

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Source: Detroit Regional Chamber and Business Leaders for Michigan Voter Poll, September 2023.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2022 Current Population Survey, CPS Annual Social and Economic Supplement.