An exclusive survey conducted for the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce shows the region’s people are generally positive about their quality of life and level of municipal services.
The survey was conducted by MQO Research, a division of the M5 Group of Companies, using a mixed-mode methodology (online panel and telephone). Data collection occurred between April 9th and May 3rd, 2018. Survey results were weighted based on the latest census data for the Greater Moncton area.
The survey gave high marks to the provision of some municipal services, such as water, green spaces, recreational facilities, garbage collection and policing. Other services such as public transit affordability, snow clearing and bus stop locations scored a little less high, while bus wait times, bus schedules and road maintenance scored lowest in the survey.
Overall, residents of the tri-community seem relatively pleased with their municipal governments. When asked to rate their municipal government on a scale of 1-to-10, 31 per cent scored them a 6 or 7 (Good), while 56 per cent scored them 8-10 (Excellent).
Support for amalgamation remains mixed, with only 19 per cent of Greater Moncton residents strongly supporting the idea and 21 per cent somewhat supporting. A further 21 per cent neither support nor oppose while 17 per cent opposed and 16 per cent strongly opposed.
There is greater support for holding a plebiscite on the idea, however. A total of 48 per cent of respondents strongly or somewhat support being asked the amalgamation question.
The region scored very high on quality of life questions. The following aspects were rated either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ by at least 87 per cent of respondents: good place to raise a family, commute time from work to home, good place to grow old, outdoor and indoor recreational facilities and being an easy community to get around.
When questioned on the economy, 62 per cent of respondents described it as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, and 87 per cent said it would be ‘the same or better’ a year from now.
There doesn’t seem to be much support for a price on carbon in Greater Moncton. When asked if they support the federal government’s decision to establish a price on carbon, only 40 per cent were somewhat or very supportive. Only half of local residents said they would be willing to pay any extra on the price of a litre of gasoline to combat climate change.
People consider their neighbourhoods to be very safe places. When asked if they felt safe in their neighbourhood, 84 per cent answered ‘very’ or ‘mostly safe’.
Respondents also showed an openness to accepting increased immigration to the region. Only 19 per cent said they were opposed to increased immigration to Greater Moncton.
This result is far different from another provincial poll conducted last year by Corporate Research Associates which showed 68 per cent of people in the province thought we had enough or too much immigration.
“We are very pleased with this inaugural exercise,” Chamber of Commerce CEO John Wishart said. “We believe it is an important initiative to do a pulse check of our community annually, to identify where we are succeeding and where we need to do more work.
“Together, we can continue to propel Greater Moncton to the type of sustained economic and social success we all desire.”
The full results of the survey have been shared with the three municipalities.
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