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EXCLUSIVE: Eisenberger leads in mayoral poll

By Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton Spectator

A new poll that gives Fred Eisenberger the early lead in Hamilton’s mayoral race also shows more than a third of voters remain undecided.

The random poll of 839 city residents, conducted for the Spectator by Forum Research, shows the former mayor leading with 26 per cent support, followed by current councillors Brad Clark at 17 per cent and Brian McHattie at 12 per cent.

Forum president Lorne Bozinoff said the poll is notable for the “huge” percentage of voters, 34 per cent, who remain undecided with a month left in the Oct. 27 race.

“No one wins a mayoral race with 26 per cent of the vote,” said Bozinoff.

He also noted 11% of respondents said they wouldn’t vote for Eisenberger, McHattie, or Clark, the perceived front-runners.

“I’m surprised no one is doing better at this stage … It suggests no one has really caught the imagination of voters yet.”

The trend in support also appeared to mirror voter familiarity with the leading candidates.

More than 80 per cent of respondents indicated ‘awareness” of Eisenberger, the former mayor and councillor, compared to 68 per cent for Clark, a Stoney Creek councillor and former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister. About 57 per cent indicated familiarity with McHattie, a longtime Ward 1 councillor.

Fully 20 per cent of respondents listed taxes as the most important campaign issue, followed by leadership at 16 per cent, economic development at 15 per cent, transit at 13 per cent and poverty at 12 per cent.

The poll was conducted free of charge for the Spectator on Sept. 25 via interactive voice response. The margin of error is 3.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Hamilton election issues by The Hamilton Spectator

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3 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Eisenberger leads in mayoral poll”
  1. Crystal Lavigne says:

    Clearly, main stream media has not chosen the “3 front-runners” very well. Come on, Spectator! There are more of us candidates, and if you let democracy work, give your readers a chance to hear all of us, you’ll see a clear, publicly informed, front-runner emerge (or two, or three or….).

    This poll clearly shows that Hamiltonians want to hear from us all. They want choice, and they want CHANGE!

  2. Bonjour and hello to all city of Hamilton members, citizens, residences and visitors. My name is Ricky Tavares and I will be your mayor of Hamilton Ontario Canada in the near future. I was born here in city of Hamilton at St.Josephs hospital. I am here to announce now and to make this statement very public now that I will be the first mayor in Canada willing and proud to work for a minimum wage salary. I love Hamilton and I must protect our city. My colleagues, financial advisors and I have a 5 year plan to implement and generate 1 trillion dollars into the Hamilton city hall building within the next 5 years. I am sorry to announce now that I will only be your mayor for 1 term because this city is too small for me to lead and guide into a productive population. I will be moving to Ottawa to be your Prime Minister of Canada after 1 term here in the city of Hamilton as your mayor. Thank you for voting me Ricky Tavares as mayor of Hamilton on Oct 27.

    Regards, Ricky Tavares 905-515-4307 http://www.rickyseeds.com

  3. Bonjour and hello to all city of Hamilton members, citizens, residences and visitors. My name is Ricky Tavares and I will be your mayor of Hamilton Ontario Canada in the near future. I was born here in city of Hamilton at St.Josephs hospital. I am here to announce now and to make this statement very public now that I will be the first mayor in Canada willing and proud to work for a minimum wage salary. I love Hamilton and I must protect our city. My colleagues, financial advisors and I have a 5 year plan to implement and generate 1 trillion dollars into the Hamilton city hall building within the next 5 years. I am sorry to announce now that I will only be your mayor for 1 term because this city is too small for me to lead and guide into a productive population. I will be moving to Ottawa to be your Prime Minister of Canada after 1 term here in the city of Hamilton as your mayor. Thank you for voting me Ricky Tavares as mayor of Hamilton on Oct 27.

    The reason why I am avoiding verbal physical communication with you and the other media outlets is because I do not want to give away my secret “5 year plan” on how I will and am very capable of generating 1 trillion dollars into Hamilton cityhall building. If I am not elected this year then all the idiots, unproductive, dumbasses that did not vote for me will have to wait another 4 years for next election before I start turning Hamilton into NEW YORK city. I want to make Hamilton the richest city in the world but these stupid, selfish, whitehaired, dinosaur, cavemen mayor candidates and the media are trying to stop me and getting in my way. Why will you wait until next election to vote me as mayor of Hamilton when you can vote me as mayor of Hamilton NOW so that Hamilton gives me the platform and exposure to be able to spread my wings and aggressively generate 1 trillion dollars of foreign currency into cityhall as fast as I can before other cities start to notice and copy my 5 year business plan.

    Right now my hands are tied because I am not mayor of Hamilton. I am not able to make Hamilton the richest city in the world and if I am not mayor then I will not share my secret plan with you or my competitors. Nicole, can you please ask all my mayoral candidate competitors to pullout of this election so that I am guaranteed to win ? If so, then I will appoint and hire some of my current mayoral competitors to work in my office right beside me because I can use their experience and their protection.

    I am serious. This is an emergency for city of Hamilton. You must vote Ricky Tavares for mayor of Hamilton because I will “put Hamilton on the world map” and “run with the big boys”.

    BTW, I do not smoke cigarettes, I do not drink alcohol and I do not smoke marijuana.
    Nicole, are you single ?

    Regards,…….
    Ricky Tavares
    http://www.rickyseeds.com
    905-515-4307

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