Largest number undecided
26th, 2014 - In
a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 839 Hamilton
voters, just more than one quarter will vote for Fred Eisenberger for mayor in
the upcoming municipal election (26%), compared to a sixth who will vote for
Brad Clark (17%). Eisenberger has twice the support of Brian McHattie (12%) or
any other candidates (11%). The largest single group, one third, are still
undecided (34%). Eisenberger's vote is common to males (30%), the least wealthy
(31%), renters (32%), provincial NDP voters (36%), those who agree Hamilton
needs a Rapid Transit system (33%), in the downtown and in Dundas (30% each).
Brad Clark's support is characteristic of the oldest (29%), provincial PC
voters (29%), those who disagree there is a need for transit (27%), who voted
for Bob Bratina last time (25%) and in Stoney Creek (26%), Flamborough (25% -
caution: small base size) and Glanbrook (39% - caution: very small base size).
Brian McHattie appeals to the least wealthy (17%) the best educated (post grad
- 22%) and in Dundas (22%)
Eisenberger with highest awareness and approval
than 8-in-10 are aware of Fred Eisenberger (83%), and among these his approval
is at two thirds (64%). Brad Clark is known to two thirds (68%) and approved by
the majority of them (53%). Brian McHattie has awareness among more than half
the voters (57%) and he is approved by one half of them (50%).
Taxes most important issue in campaign
fifth of voters select taxes as the single most important issue out of six
(20%) in this campaign, and this is followed by just fewer who opt for
leadership (16%). Then, economic development (15%), transit and city services
(13% each) and poverty (12%). Eisenberger voters are most likely to say
leadership and economic development (20% each), while Brad Clark's supporters
are likely to cite taxes (28%) and transit (26%). McHattie supporters are
concerned about leadership (25%).
Split in opinion on need for rapid transit
to one half agree Hamilton needs rapid transit (46%), but just fewer disagree
(42%). Just one tenth don't have an opinion on this important issue (13%).
Agreement with the need for rapid transit is characteristic of the
youngest (51%), the least wealthy (54%), renters (57%), mothers of children
(52%), provincial Liberals (62%), Eisenberger (59%) and McHattie voters (62%)
and those in the downtown (53%).
Light rail strongly preferred
to rapid bus, special tax rejected
those who agree Hamilton needs a transit system, the broad majority agree it
requires light rail (60%) rather than a rapid bus solution (28%). One tenth
think both are needed (11%). When asked, only the minority agree rapid transit
will benefit their families (36%), compared to more then half who think it will
not (54%). When asked if they agreed with a dedicated tax to pay for improved
transit, two thirds disagree (64%) and fewer than one quarter agree (23%).
Agreement with a dedicated tax is most likely to come from the younger groups
(31%), the least wealthy (30%), the wealthier ($60K to $80K - 33%), the
wealthiest (34%), the best educated (post grad - 43%), McHattie supporters
(50%) and in the downtown (32%).
"By hewing a distinctly
centrist course between the more conservative appeal of Brad Clark and Brian
McHattie's progressive populism, Fred Eisenberger seems to have placed himself
to advantage in the mayor's race, with a month still to go. The large number of
undecided will have to be whittled down, however," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is
the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (416) 960-9603.