Clear majority want Fennell charged with municipal fraud

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Clear majority want Fennell charged with municipal fraud

Two thirds or more approve of Jeffrey, are happy with election outcome

TORONTO January 15th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 843 Brampton voters, fully 7-in-10 agree former Mayor Susan Fennell should be charged with municipal fraud for her part in the city hall spending scandal (70%). Fewer than one fifth disagree (17%) and about a tenth have no opinion on the issue (13%). Agreement that Fennell should face charges is typical of the youngest (75%), the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 75%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 80%) and John Sanderson voters (81%).

Half say Jeffrey will clean up Fennell’s mess

One half agree Mayor Jeffrey will clean up “the mess left by the spending scandal at city hall” (47%), while just more than a quarter disagree (28%). One quarter do not express an opinion (25%).

Two thirds agree firings are needed, less agreement Jeffrey will follow through

While two thirds agree firings need to take place among senior city hall staff (66%), fewer agree Mayor Jeffrey will carry out these firings (44%). Less than a fifth disagree staff need to be fired (16%) while close to 4-in-10 disagree the new mayor will carry them out (38%). In each case, about one fifth don’t share an opinion (17% and 18%, respectively).

Two thirds approve of Mayor Jeffrey

Two thirds of Brampton voters approve of the job Linda Jeffrey is doing as mayor (66%), while one third do not approve (34%). By the same token, as many as 7-in-10 voters are happy with the outcome of the mayoral election (70%), while one quarter are not happy (26%). Approving of Mayor Jeffrey is characteristic of the mid aged (45 to 54 - 73%) and oldest (73%), mid income groups ($40K to $60K - 72%) and wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 73%), provincial Liberals (74%) and New Democrats (77%) who live east of Hurontario (72%), primarily southeast (76%). Being happy with the outcome of the mayoral election is common to the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 76%), provincial Liberals (77%) and New Democrats (80%).

 “While Mayor Jeffrey does not match the extremely high approval ratings for her neighbour, Mayor Crombie of Mississauga, nor does she, nor anyone else, approach the stratospheric approval ratings enjoyed by Mayor McCallion, yet she has endeared herself to the voters of Brampton. While they agree she will take the necessary steps to clean up the mess left behind by the Fennell administration, there is some doubt she will fire those responsible, something most voters agree needs to be done," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.