GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Public support of charter schools is growing among Michigan residents, according to a new poll, The Grand Rapids Press reported.

Conducted by the Marketing Resource Group, the poll showed that 77 percent of voters support charter public schools, up from 54 percent in a similar poll in 2002, while 16 percent oppose them, down from 32 percent in the previous poll, the Press reported.

The poll was commissioned by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers. It consisted of 600 telephone surveys and has a 4 percent margin of error, the Press reported.

The poll also showed that Detroit and Lansing area respondents showed the greatest support for more options for public education, while Saginaw, Flint and Bay City area residents were most in favor of state takeovers of chronically failing schools, according to The Press.

The Grand Rapids Press, "Survey shows Michigan charter schools gaining support," April 21, 2010

Michigan Education Report, "Parents pin hopes on charter school lottery," March 30, 2010