Results from the latest Marquette University Law School poll indicate a majority of Racine County residents believe the coming FoxConn development will be good for the area economy but won’t necessarily benefit their families directly.
The poll was conducted between Oct. 9 and 17 and included surveys of residents in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, and Racine counties. The majority of respondents were located in Milwaukee County – 54 percent – while 11 percent of respondents were located in Racine County.
Overall, 54 percent of total respondents said FoxConn will improve the economy in Southeast Wisconsin while 37 percent said it will not. However, most residents surveyed – 48 percent – said the $3 billion in incentives is too much money and only 38 percent said the amount would be worth it in the end.
Here in Racine County, a full 71 percent said FoxConn will improve the area economy, and a slim majority – 49 percent – said their families would personally benefit from the massive development.
The poll also yielded interesting results when survey participants were asked about economic conditions in their area. In Racine, conditions were rated mostly as fair (47 percent), but personal family financial situations are listed as comfortable by a full 54 percent of respondents.
According to a press release from the poll, this is the first in-depth look into how the public feels about the massive development.
“The polling results on Foxconn offer the first in-depth look at public sentiment in this region about the planned factory for building flat-screen televisions,” the release states.
1,200 adults participated in the survey with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.