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MU Law School launches "Milwaukee Area Project"

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A new research initiative is kicking off at Marquette University.

It’s called the Milwaukee Area Project. It’s the first major initiative for Marquette’s new Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education.

The long-term project will study the people of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties, how they live and what they think about different issues.

The results covered a variety of topics including the Milwaukee Street Car Project

 The majority of people surveyed said they don’t think the cost of the project is worth it.

People were also asked three different questions about Foxconn coming to the area.

More than half of the people surveyed think it will improve the economy, but most people think it isn’t worth the $3 billion investment; 65% say they won’t personally benefit from the tech giant moving to our area.

When the numbers are broken down by county, people in Milwaukee aren’t as positive about Foxconn’s impact as people in Racine.

“The pessimism we see about the impact within the city is notable. It could be partly partisan effects but it says if this plant is to be the economic engine that we hope it will be reaching folks in the city is a pretty important element,” says Charles Franklin, Director of Marquette Law School poll.

Franklin says the analysis of the survey results is the next step.

For the full results from the poll, please click here.

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