05 Mar 2013

New HRM Municipal Council and Mayor Receive Positive First Grade

HALIFAX: The majority of Halifax Regional Municipality residents are satisfied with their newly elected municipal council and mayor, according to the most recent Urban Report Survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, two-thirds of HRM residents are completely (4%) or mostly (61%) satisfied with their mayor and council. On the other hand, one in ten are dissatisfied (13%), while 13 percent feel it is too soon to tell, two percent are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, and seven percent do not provide an opinion.

Residents of the City of Halifax, Bedford and Sackville, and other areas of HRM are more likely than those in the City of Dartmouth to be satisfied with the performance of HRM’s new mayor Mike Savage and council.

“The new council under the leadership of Mike Savage has had a good start in their mandate as evident by the increasing citizen confidence in the council,” according to Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates, Inc.

Residents of HRM also have more confidence in the newly elected mayor and council, as compared to their predecessors. Specifically, over four in ten (43%, up from 35% three months ago) residents indicate they are more confident in Mike Savage and his council as compared to the previous mayor, Peter Kelly. One-third (33%, down from 42%) have the same level of confidence in Savage, while one in ten (11%, compared with 13%) are less confident. Five percent say it is too soon to tell, and eight percent are unsure.

City of Halifax residents are somewhat more likely than residents elsewhere in the Municipality to indicate they are more confident in Savage and his council.

These results are part of the CRAHalifax Urban Report, an independent survey of Halifax Regional Municipality residents. The results are based on a sample of 400 adult residents, conducted from February 5 to February 21, 2013, with results accurate to within ±4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838

Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830.

View full media release here.

CRA Corporate Research Associates