Your Questions; Michigan's Answers.

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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 public opinion phone 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.


February 23, 2018

Michigan Economy Fares Better than Elected Leaders in Latest SOSS Measures

Michigan residents were more upbeat about the economy than they were about their elected leaders this winter.

December 13, 2018

Michigan Swings Back to Blue in Election 2018

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

May 10, 2018

Whitmer Leading Governor's Race, but Many Undecided in Early Days

Latest State of the State tests public opinion on 2018 governor's race and ballot issues.

March 15, 2016

Only State of the State Survey Calls Close Sanders-Clinton Race

Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary, winning 50 percent to 48 percent on Tuesday, March 8, shocking...

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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.


Graham PierceGraham L. Pierce

Project Manager, State of the State Survey

Graham Pierce is the Project Manager of the State of the State Survey. He is responsible for question design, survey instrument programming, sample management, data processing, data weighting, and preparing supporting materials. In addition to his role at SOSS, Graham 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 Vice Chair of the MSU Accommodating Technology Community. He can be reached at or 517-884-0364.