Municipal Performance Poll Among Calgarians and Edmontonians

October 19, 2020

From October 2-5, 2020, Leger conducted an online survey among residents of Edmonton proper and Calgary proper about the next municipal election, which is scheduled to take place in October 2021.

SOME OF THE KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE…

  • 29% of Edmontonians and 37% of Calgarians correctly identify that the next municipal election in Alberta will take place in October 2021.
  • With one year to go, 54% of Edmontonians and 48% of Calgarians provide a positive (excellent/very good/good) rating for the performance of their Mayors and Councils over the past three years.
  • 31% of Calgarians and 38% of Edmontonians feel their current Mayors and Councils deserve to be re-elected in the next municipal election.
  • Calgarians are most likely to say that support for businesses and economic growth should be the general priority for the next Council after the next election. Edmontonians feel the priority should be lowering taxes.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

This survey was conducted using computer-assisted web interviewing (CAWI).

It was conducted from October 2-5, 2020, among 500 residents of Calgary proper (Calgarians) and 500 residents of Edmonton proper (Edmontonians), aged 18 or older, who are eligible to vote in the next municipal election.

Using data from the 2016 Census, the results were weighted according to age, gender, and region in order to ensure a representative sample of the population.

As a non-random internet survey, a margin of error is not reported. For comparison purposes, if the data were collected through a random sample, the margin of error would be ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20 for the total sample (n=1,000), ±4.4%, 19 times out of 20 for the Edmonton Proper sample (n=500), and ±4.4%, 19 times out of 20 for the Calgary Proper sample (n=500).

THIS REPORT CONTAINS THE RESULTS FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND MORE!

  • To the best of your knowledge, when are the next Municipal elections happening in Alberta?
  • As you may know, the next Municipal Elections will be held in Alberta on October 18th, 2021, about a year from now. How likely do you think it is that you will vote in that municipal election?
  • In your opinion, do you think the Mayor and Council in [Calgary/Edmonton] deserve to get re-elected at the next municipal election in Oct. 2021?
  • Taking everything into account, how would you rate the performance of the Mayor and Council in [Calgary/Edmonton] in terms of…
  • In your opinion, should the Mayor and Council in [Calgary/Edmonton] continue to support initiatives such as…

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