New survey says half of Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey residents satisfied with their mayor

Credit to Author: Postmedia News| Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 23:31:29 +0000

It appears residents of Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey are split on their feelings toward the mayors of each city, according to a new poll.

Conducted by Research Co., the online poll asked a representative sample of respondents in each municipality to share their thoughts on how their respective cities were handling transportation, crime, politics and more.

When asked how they felt about Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s performance, 52 per cent of Vancouverites approved of his performance, while Burnaby’s Mayor Mike Hurley saw an approval rating of 51 per cent. In Surrey, 50 per cent of residents are happy with how Mayor Doug McCallum has conducted city business.

In total, 69 per cent of respondents across all three cities felt their municipal government was enhancing their overall quality of life.

Across the region, 79 per cent felt their municipal administration had done a “very good” or “good” job with providing sanitation, and 70 per cent were satisfied with how parks and recreation facilities were managed.

Just over half of all residents in each city were happy with the way various issues were being handled: 57 per cent were satisfied with transportation, 54 per cent with their city hall’s transparency efforts, 52 per cent with their city’s finances and 50 per cent per cent with how their local government was engage with regular citizens.

“There are some subtle differences between the three cities when it comes to public safety,” said Mario Canseco, president of Research Co.

“While 60 per cent of Burnaby residents endorse the performance of their administration, the proportion falls to 54 per cent in Vancouver and 52 per cent in Surrey.”

On the topic of homelessness, 52 per cent of respondents in Surrey were satisfied with how the issue was being handled, while 42 per cent in Vancouver and 39 per cent in Burnaby were happy.

The results are based on an online survey conducted Jan. 2 to 6 of 1,200 adults in the three cities. The sample was statistically weighted for age and gender. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points for each municipality, 19 times out of 20.