Crime, Taxes and Infrastructure are Top Issues in Winnipeg Mayoral Race

Katz (37%) leads Wasylycia-Leis (24%) on Best Plan for Property Taxes

Slight Majority (52%) Want Major Change in City Council

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Winnipeg, MB – Crime, taxes and infrastructure are the three most important issues that will determine how Winnipeggers vote for mayor in the upcoming election. Three-in-ten (30%) residents say that crime is their most important issue. Crime is a bigger issue than the next two issues, municipal taxes (16%) and infrastructure planning (12%), combined.

Other issues in the mayoral race include transportation/transit (8%), municipal spending (7%) and road conditions/snow removal (6%).

  • For Sam Katz supporters, the top three issues are crime (35%), municipal taxes (18%) and infrastructure planning (16%).
  • For Judy Wasylycia-Leis supporters, the top three issues are crime (25%), transportation/transit (18%) and municipal taxes (14%).

Winnipeggers give the edge to Katz for having the best plan when it comers to property taxes. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) say they believe that Katz has the best plan for property taxes, compared to 24% for Judy Wasylycia-Leis and 2% for the other candidates. More than one-third (35%) of residents say they are unsure about which candidate has the best plan for property taxes.

  • Katz’s lead on property taxes narrows when looking only at residents who say they are “absolutely certain” to vote (Katz 41% vs. Wasylycia-Leis 33%).

Focusing on City Council, a slight majority of Winnipeg residents (52%) say they “believe that it’s time for a major change”. About one-third (34%) of residents hold the view that City Council “deserves to be re-elected”, while 14% are undecided.

  • Residents most looking for major change include older residents (60% of 55+ years) and those with household incomes under $60K (58% vs. 47% of $60K+).

These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid telephone poll conducted between October 18 and 20, 2010. The poll is based on a randomly selected sample of 500 Winnipeg residents aged 18 or older. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate to within ± 4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire adult population of Winnipeg been polled. The margin of error will be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual Winnipeg population aged 18 or older according to 2006 Census data.

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Crime, Taxes and Infrastructure are Top Issues in Winnipeg Mayoral Race


Kyle Braid
Senior Vice President / Vice-Président Senior, Canada
Ipsos Public Affairs
+1 778 373 5130