17 Feb 2012

Majority Believe HRM Transit Should Be Designated An Essential Service

HALIFAX: A large majority of HRM residents think that transit should be designated an essential service, which would mean transit employees would be unable to strike, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. While just one-fifth (22%) of HRM residents use the transit system as their primary method of transportation, two-thirds (65%) feel it should be designated an essential service. Perhaps not surprising, low income residents and those with lower levels of education are most likely to think transit should be an essential service.

In terms of support of parties involved in the current transit strike, just under four in ten (38%) support the position of Metro Transit management, while one-quarter (25%) support the union. Just over one-third (36%) of residents are unsure, unfamiliar with the strike to comment, or support neither or both sides.

These results are part of the CRA Halifax Urban Report, an independent survey of Halifax Regional Municipality residents. The results are based on a sample of 400 adult residents, conducted from February 6 to February 16, 2012, with results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 493-3838.

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Amanda Bates