Your Questions; Michigan's Answers.

Adding questions to SOSS is a great way to collect data without having to manage a survey yourself. Wondering how it works? Check out the SOSS Basics page!

SOSS Basics


Public Data Access

All SOSS data is released to the public six months after a survey is completed. There are over 20 years of datasets that you can download or to analyze online, and there are no restrictions on its use (we just ask that you cite SOSS)!



The MSU State of the State Survey (SOSS) is a phone and online public opinion survey of Michigan adults. SOSS findings are published in top-tier academic journals, guide policy decisions, and receive national media coverage. From pilot projects to full-scale data collection, the MSU State of the State Survey is your source for high-quality public opinion data in Michigan. SOSS has been the force behind scores of faculty, student, and non-profit research projects and publications over the last 20 years.


August 21, 2020

Michigan Rates Whitmer, Trump and Economy

State of the State Survey yields clues to economy and the economy ahead. Analysis from IPPSR's Charles Ballard, Matt Grossmann and Arnold Weinfeld.

December 02, 2019

Michigan on the Edge of Recession? Term Limits on Edge of Reverse?

Michigan, and the upper midwest, is seeing slow job growth this year. Should term limits be limited too? Listen in on a new State of the State Podcast.

June 11, 2019

New Technologies Needed to Combat Opioid Crisis

New research suggests the state arm itsself with training, monitoring and wiretapping to battle opioids. IPPSR podcasts predict long legislative summer...

December 13, 2018

Michigan Swings Back to Blue in Election 2018

Insights into Election 2018 from the State of the State Survey.

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Charles BallardCharles L. Ballard, Ph.D.

Director, State of the State Survey

Dr. Ballard is the Director of the State of the State Survey and Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. He is a widely published and well-known for his ability to communicate the complexities of economics in everyday language. His research focuses on such topics as tax policy, healthcare financing, and Michigan's financial future. He can be reached at or 517-353-2961.


Grey PierceGrey L. Pierce

Project Manager, State of the State Survey

Grey Pierce is the Project Manager of the State of the State Survey. They are responsible for question design, survey instrument programming, sample management, data processing, data weighting, and preparing supporting materials. In addition to their role at SOSS, Grey is also the Assistant Director of Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting, the Outreach Coordinator for the EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation at the Center for Community and Economic Development, and the Acting Chair of the MSU Accommodating Technology Community. They can be reached at or 517-884-0364.