15 Dec 2010

Majority of HRM Residents Oppose Council Decision to Maintain Status Quo on Council Size

HALIFAX:  Seven in ten residents (69%) oppose council’s recent decision to maintain the status quo with regard to the size of council, which presently has 23 councillors plus the mayor. This opposition is up significantly from August immediately after council’s decision, when 47% opposed this status quo decision. The most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates, Inc., indicates that one in four (24%) support this decision. Opposition was consistent across the municipality, with the majority by age and gender opposing the decision.

This is the second time that Corporate Research Associates has evaluated public opinion in terms of the appropriate size of council for HRM since the decision was made on August 3 to maintain the status quo.

Eighty percent of residents in the municipality would like to see a smaller council than is presently the case. Indeed, the average preferred size of council is 14 councillors. This compares with an average of 15 councillors when residents were surveyed in May.

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 402 adult residents, conducted from November 2 to November 12, 2010, with overall 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