We are exactly one year away from heading to the polls to decide who should run Edmonton and a new poll from Mainstreet and PostMedia suggests, if an election were held right now, Mayor Don Iveson would again come out on top.
David Valentin, with Mainstreet Research, says the poll found Iveson has a 52 per cent approval rating right now.
“A lot higher than city council, only 42 per cent like the way city council is doing their job,” explains Valentin. “Marginally higher than the way people think their local councillor is doing their job.”
He says they asked hypothetically who respondents would vote for between Iveson, Michael Oshry, Mike Nickel, Karen Leibovici and Stephen Mandel.
“If Stephen Mandel would run again, if Karen Leibovici were to run again,” explains Valentin. “We found Mr. Iveson, if we look at just decided voters, what we would expect on election day, that would be 42 per cent, a pretty large field.”
He says 34 per cent choose Mandel and nine per cent picked Leibovici.
Valentin says it is a little surprising that Iveson and council have such support giving the downturn in the economy…
“When we see economic pessimism, which is what we’ve been tracking in the province and what we’ve been finding, what you find is there is less support for all levels of government,” explains Valentin. “So these results are quite surprising, given that context, and given the fact that there are numerous construction projects that have been delayed (in the city).”
He says city spending seems to be the most important issue in the upcoming election, with 17 per cent of respondents marking that as top priority. “Something else” and transit each took 12 per cent of the vote and taxes took 11 per cent.
806 random Edmontonians were surveyed in the poll.
The next civic election is October 17, 2017. (twd)