Election Survey starting to gain steam

specvotes-surveyAn all-round, ward-specific voting guide is under way for the 2014 Municipal Election via a survey by the Hamilton Civic League. As The Hamilton Spectator’s Teviah Moro writes, results will help the league identify people’s priorities, according to where they live. (Image: A survey excerpt)

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A survey meant to produce a guide for voters in Hamilton’s next municipal election has pulled in nearly 1,000 respondents since its launch in late September.

That puts the Hamilton Civic League’s Community Values and Priorities Survey on track to reaching its goal of 250 respondents for each of the city’s 15 wards, says league chair Larry Pomerantz.

“It’s starting to grow some steam,” Pomerantz said Tuesday.

He said the survey has two goals. One is to educate people about different roles in municipal government. The other is to produce a voter information guide in time for the October municipal election.

The civic league consulted with McMaster professors to ensure scientific standards to avoid bias, Pomerantz said.

The 59-question survey quizzes Hamiltonians on a variety of topics, including the cost of services, wages and benefits, property taxes, heritage buildings, downtown renewal, poverty, farmland and economic development.

The anonymous survey aims to seek a wide range of opinions and show the city’s “core values and priorities.”

Respondents’ postal codes will show those values and priorities vary according to where they live in the city, Pomerantz noted.

The results will be compared with municipal politicians’ voting records, an analysis that will be shown in councillor report cards, he said.

“It will be a good resource for both candidates and voters.”

Two Mohawk co-op students are helping distribute the survey, said Pomerantz.

It is available in paper form or online at the Civic League Site

For more information, call 905-545-5577, or email HamiltonCivicLeague@gmail.com.

The Hamilton Spectator

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