Putting the Public in Wisconsin Public Opinion: Listening to Wisconsinites' Concerns
UW-Madison Professor Katherine Cramer traveled around the state between May 2007 and November 2012 visiting places where local residents gather on a regular basis, such as gas stations, diners and group meetings. She spent time with 39 different groups in 27 communities across the state with a wide variety of people, visiting each of these groups between one and six times. This project seeks to increase the prominence of Wisconsinites' concerns in discussions of public policy among journalists and public officials and improve the understanding of Wisconsinites' attitudes toward the UW-Madison. Goals include gathering perceptions of UW-Madison, establishing UW-Madison connections to communities, and determining major concerns of citizens from all backgrounds.