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Survey suggests Catherine McKenney leads mayoral race

Councillor Catherine McKenney has the strongest support among university graduates.
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Councillor Catherine McKenney. File photo.

A recent survey indicated Catherine McKenney has the largest support base in the Ottawa mayoral election. 

According to the Mainstreet research survey, which interviewed 663 adults living in Ottawa between July 22 and July 23, 34 per cent of respondents said they were leaning towards voting for Catherine McKenney. The candidate with the second most support was Mark Sutcliffe at 15 per cent, while 38 per cent remained undecided. 

Of the demographic supporting McKenney, the strongest support is among university graduates, and they have the largest support among those ages 18 to 49. 

The survey noted that 34 per cent of respondents are very dissatisfied with the current municipal government, and 32 per cent strongly disapprove of the current mayor, while 14 per cent strongly approve. 

Creating affordable housing was found to be the most important issue facing Ottawa, with a strong majority saying that housing was not affordable. However, 69 per cent did not want more houses in their neighbourhood, believing their area had as much housing as it could reasonably support. 

Fixing transit was identified as the second most crucial issue, and over half of respondents said the City of Ottawa should prioritize building light rail transit (LRT). 

Most respondents were against the strong mayor system, which would give the mayor extra powers. 

Quito Maggi, the chief executive officer with  Mainstreet Research told The Rob Snow Show on Tuesday, August that a large number of voters are still undecided. 

"There's 38 per cent undecided at this point still at this point, and it's not surprising we are still a couple of months away from the election," he said. 

Listen to the full interview with Quito Maggi below:



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