20 Nov 2014

Satisfaction with Municipal Government in Saint John Trends Down

Halifax: Satisfaction with municipal government in Saint John trails behind three other Maritime cities tested and has declined over the past months, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. (CRA). Specifically, six in ten Saint John residents (60%, compared with 64% three months ago) are satisfied in this regard, the lowest of the four Maritime urban markets tested. Meanwhile, eight in ten Moncton residents (79%, up from 67% three months ago) are completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of their municipal government and mayor, while seven in ten Fredericton (72%, compared with 76%) and Halifax (70%, unchanged) residents are satisfied.

“Given the local nature of municipal government, there tends to be greater fluidity in performance ratings than at a provincial level,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “Nonetheless, there appears to be a downward trend in performance ratings for the Municipal Council in Saint John over the past 18 months.”

These results are part of the CRA Urban Report, an independent telephone survey of Halifax CMA, Saint John CMA, Moncton CMA, and Fredericton CA residents. Interviews were conducted with adult samples of 404 Halifax CMA, 400 Saint John CMA, 405 Moncton CMA, and 400 Fredericton CA residents from October 22 to November 6, 2014. The survey results for this press release are based on 404 Halifax CMA residents (overall margin of error of ±4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times), 211 City of Saint John residents (overall margin of error ±6.7 percentage points), 190 City of Moncton residents (overall margin of error ±7.1 percentage points), and 290 City of Fredericton residents (overall margin of error ±5.7 percentage points).

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