Poll rates “likability” of possible Hamilton mayors

phoneA telephone survey asking Hamiltonians to rate the “likability” of seven local politicians set talk ablaze Friday at the water cooler and on social media over who’s doing polling for the mayor’s race.

The automated poll asks voter a series of questions to rate or compare Councillors Tom Jackson, Lloyd Ferguson, Terry Whitehead, incumbent mayor Bob Bratina, mayoralty candidate Brian McHattie, prospective candidate Fred Eisenberger and former mayor Larry Di Ianni.

Di Ianni – defeated by Bratina in the 2010 municipal vote – went on Twitter early Friday to dislcaim any knowledge (or interest) in the matter.

Only McHattie – among the group named in the survey – is a registered mayoralty candidate, although it’s anticipated that Eisenberger will also run for mayor.  Bratina has so far only said he sees no reason not to run.

Both Whitehead and Ferguson also said Friday they were not behind the poll, conducted by National Public Research Canada.

The poll focused on how voters would look at a candidate for mayor.  It asked respondents to rate their familiarity with each of the politicians, from unfamiliar to very familiar. Likability was rated from favourable to very unfavourable.

The survey also wanted to know who the respondent would be most likely to vote for if an election were held today, and then who the person’s second choice would be.

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5 Responses to “Poll rates “likability” of possible Hamilton mayors”
  1. John Rumbles says:

    No, No, No ,No, NO, No and definitely NO.
    Dead heat between Baldasario or the young lady running the landscaping business.

  2. Will MacKenzie says:

    I was quite happy to hang up on them. I hate polls about “likeability” etc for politicians. Likeability means the sweet square root of diddly-squat. The real question is: can the candidate do the job!

  3. How come this Secret Poll excluded, Michael Baldasaro and Crystal Lavigne when they and Councillor McHattie are oficially registered to run as Candidates in this Election? Same old, same old. Plebiscite after Plebiscite, we, the Plebeians, are told we have a choice of Candidates. LoL!
    And how come not even the media can find out who conducted this secret telephone poll?
    Is it any wonder the real candidates are called “fringe candidates” suggesting they be cut as loose ends?
    And if they have the guts to run time after time we are called “Perennial Fringe Candidates”? A nything to belittle the Plebeians (Common Folk). Hooya!

  4. Olkus says:

    I was hoping to express my support for Michael Baldasaro but there was no such option in the poll… How is such a survey even relevant if it does not list all the candidates?

  5. Michael Baldasaro, I hope you do not feel belittled by the fact that yourself, Don Ross, or my own self were not mentioned. I don’t. I look at it this way- whomever was responsible for that “poll” was most likely one of the people listed. It would be great to know whom for the following reasons:
    1. Does said person not have the confidence in themselves to run (or continue to run) for Mayor?
    2. If said person has to waste money on a “likeability” poll, what does this say to YOU (us) as TAXPAYER’S on how they will push to spend OUR TAXPAYER’S money at City Hall?
    However, I’m sure whomever it was will keep it quiet.
    Don’t feel belittled- not worth it. Yes, it sucks that this person does not take the three of us seriously or as a threat (obviously) as a Mayoral contender. That is our job to show them otherwise, right? Let’s make it happen, Michael!

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