Even Split on Approval of Pit Bull Ban

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Even Split on Approval of Pit Bull Ban

Half disapprove of lighting up Jacques-Cartier bridge

In a random poll of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ for the Montreal Gazette among 808 Montreal voters, relatively equal proportions approve (49%) and disapprove (44%) of the city’s pit bull ban. Very few don’t have an opinion on this issue (6%). Approval of the ban is characteristic of the oldest (62%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 58%), mothers of children (55%), the best educated (post grad - 57%) and Francophones (50%) rather than Anglophones (36%). Disapproval of the ban is especially characteristic of the youngest (67%) Anglophones (60%) and those who disapprove of Mayor Coderre (61%).

Even split on whether opinion of ban has improved

Just more than one third agree with the ban more now than three months ago (35%), while just fewer disagree more now (30%). A similar proportion has not changed their view in that time (32%).

Even split on how Mayor Coderre has handled the ban

Virtually equal proportions think Mayor Coderre has handled the ban well (48%) or not well (46%), and one fifth say he has handled it “very well” (21%). Those who think he has handled it very well include the oldest (26%) and those with children (27%).

Slightly more will vote against Mayor Coderre because of ban

Three-in-ten Montrealers are less likely to vote for Mayor Coderre in the next municipal election because of the ban (30%), while one quarter are more likely to vote for him for this reason (25%). Fully 4-in-10 will not let the pit bull ban affect their vote (39%).

Mayor’s approval is high

Six-in-ten Montrealers approve of the job Denis Coderre is doing as mayor (61%), and this view is common to the oldest (72%), the best educated (post grad - 67%) and Francophones (64%) rather than Anglophones (49%).

One half disagree with lighting Jacques-Cartier Bridge

One half of Montreal voters disapprove of the $40 million plan to light up the Jacques-Cartier Bridge for the city’s 375th birthday (49%) and just fewer than 4-in-10 approve (38%). Approval is characteristic of younger voters (35 to 44 - 43%), males (43%) rather than females (33%), the very wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 48%), the best educated (post grad - 46%) and Francophones (42%) more than Anglophones (24%). Those who approve of the job being done by Mayor Coderre are likely to approve this plan (46%).

“Both the pit bull ban and the plan to light the Jacques-Cartier Bridge have their supporters and detractors, apparently in roughly equal proportions. These appears to be policies with the power to split the city” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

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