Municipal government

Ottawa residents have a lower opinion of their city government than others, poll shows


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Ottawa residents are less in love with their municipal government than residents of other major Canadian cities, according to a new study.

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The study by Léger Research and the Argyle Group suggests that the rate of Ottawa residents who had a low opinion of their local government was higher than those in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

Researchers conducted an online survey of 1,564 Canadians between July 19 and 22. The number of Ottawa residents who participated in the survey was 74.

According to the results, 38 percent of Ottawa participants had a good opinion of their city administration and 40 percent had a low opinion. The next city on the rung was Calgary with an even distribution of 39 percent.

National results found 47 percent of people who had a good opinion of their local governments and 24 percent who had a bad opinion. Another 23 percent did not know enough about their local governments to have an opinion and three percent did not know their local governments at all. Four percent indicated that they preferred not to respond.

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It appears that residents of Ottawa also had a lower opinion of their city compared to people who live in other large urban centers.

Of the six cities, Ottawa had the lowest rate of people who had a good opinion of their own city at 61 percent and the highest rate of people who had a low opinion of their city at 26 percent.

Argyle Group CEO Daniel Tisch said it was hard to speculate why the rate of Ottawa residents who have a low opinion of municipal government is so high compared to the national average, but He noted that residents of Ottawa, compared to other cities in the survey, showed a high level of wanting a relationship with City Hall.

Tisch said research suggests residents of Ottawa are unhappy with city government.

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“Ottawa’s biggest shortcomings compared to its big city counterparts would be its satisfaction with local government, the level of belief that the local government is committed to meeting their expectations and the sense that local government is standing by. worries people like them, ”he said Thursday. .

There were some burning issues on the Ottawa municipal agenda over the summer when the poll took place. Council voted against blocking the controversial Chateau Laurier addition and the city was still awaiting delivery of its $ 2.1 billion light rail system after more than a year of delay.

“In general, I find the circumstances around when the poll is being conducted may explain some (of the poll results), but they probably don’t explain the size of the gap we have here,” Tische said. about the Ottawa numbers.

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Of the six regions identified in the survey – Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba / Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia – residents of Quebec had the highest rate of feeling good about their local governments at 52 percent, with 21 percent. hundred expressing a bad opinion. Ontario’s good / bad opinion split was 45 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

Tisch said research shows people want better public engagement with their city governments.

“Smart municipalities will listen and respond to this desire,” he said.

The number of participants from other cities was: Edmonton 42, Montreal 113, Calgary 40, Toronto 284 and Vancouver 81.

Leger says the study’s margin of error is +/- 2.5 percent, 19 times out of 20. Participants were chosen from an online panel of about 400,000 people retained by Leger.

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