30 May 2018
Growing support for the amalgamation of Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand Bay-Westfield and Saint John
- One-half of Saint John and area residents support the amalgamation of Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand Bay-Westfield and Saint John into a single municipal unit, while four in ten oppose amalgamation
- Support for the amalgamation of Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand Bay-Westfield and Saint John is notably lower among residents outside the City of Saint John
HALIFAX, NS May 30, 2018: Support for the amalgamation of Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand Bay-Westfield and Saint John into a single municipal unit has increased this year, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Specifically, one-half (50%, up from 42% in May 2017) of residents in the Saint John Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) completely or mostly support the amalgamation into one municipal unit, while four in ten (38%, compared with 43%) completely or mostly oppose amalgamation. Meanwhile, six percent neither support nor oppose (compared with 7%), and a similar number of residents do not know or do not offer an opinion on the matter (6%, compared with 8%).
Support has grown in Saint John in the past year, and is stronger than in other areas of the CMA, as two-thirds (65%, up from 54% one year ago) of residents in the City of Saint John support amalgamation, and two in ten (20%, down from 30%) express opposition. In all other areas, the majority of residents oppose amalgamation. Specifically, one-third of residents (32%, compared with 28%) in other areas of the CMA support amalgamation, while six in ten (60%, unchanged) express opposition.
“There appears to be growing support for amalgamation of the municipalities within the Greater Saint John area,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “This is driven by the notable increase in support among those living in the City of Saint John itself.”
These results are part of the CRA Urban Report, an independent telephone survey of 300 Saint John (Census Metropolitan Area [CMA]) adult residents, 18 years of age or older, conducted from April 18 to May 2, 2018. Overall results are accurate to within ±5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.
Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.
For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838