04 Dec 2012

Support for Splitting HRM Softens with Election of New Mayor

HALIFAX:  Halifax Regional Municipality residents are divided in their support to split the municipality into two units: a city for urban residents and a county for rural residents, according to the most recent Urban Report Survey from Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, approximately one-half of residents support such a division, while a similar number oppose dividing the municipality.

“It seems that the election of a new mayor in Halifax has lessened the perceived need to divide the municipality into two units, one for urban residents and one for rural residents,” according to Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates Inc. “It will be interesting to see how the performance of the new mayor and council will affect these opinions in the future.”

Residents of Bedford/Sackville and other rural areas of HRM are more likely to support a division, while those in the former City of Halifax and the former City of Dartmouth are more likely to oppose dividing the municipality.

These results are part of the CRA Halifax Urban Report, an independent survey of Halifax Regional Municipality residents. The overall results are based on a sample of 401 adult residents, conducted from November 9 to November 14, 2012, 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 or
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830.

View full media release here.

CRA Corporate Research Associates