Montrealers critical of city in new survey
Published Friday, July 13, 2012 11:26PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 13, 2012 11:36PM EDT
MONTREAL - Montrealers worry more about their health care and are far more critical of their municipal government than Calgarians, Torontonians and Vancouverites, according to a new Angus Reid online survey.
The study contrasted the results of a series of questions of residents of Canada's four largest cities, with some surprising results.
While 62 percent of Calgarians responded that their current municipal government is doing a “very good,” or “good” job only 21 percent of Montrealers responded with those answers.
In fact, 42 percent of Montrealers responded that city hall is doing a “very bad job.”
Residents of Vancouver and Toronto expressed housing affordability as their primary concern while Montreal and Calgary listed health care as their number one worry.
Calgary’s second biggest concern was traffic while Vancouver residents cited homelessness.
Seventy-five percent of Montreal residents expressed satisfaction with their quality of life, less than the three other cities, as Toronto scored 80 percent, Vancouver 82 percent and Calgary 87 percent.
Only 57 percent of Montrealers described themselves as Montrealers, most of the rest choosing their provincial identity over their urban description.
In contrast, 87 percent of Toronto residents described themselves as Torontonians, with according numbers being 80 percent for Vancouver and 75 percent for Calgary.
When surveyed on the way their city was managing 11 different political issues, Montrealers had their most praise for the fostering of artistic and cultural activities which was approved of by 73 percent of respondents.
Montreal received only 18 percent approval on its handling of homelessness and poverty and also scored dismally in matters of accountability, as 23 percent gave thumbs up for the handling of that issue.
Montrealers held praise for their city as a cultural capital, and also had positive responses for its affordability and public transit.
Torontonians hold their public transit in low esteem, as only 27 percent expressed approval, while only 7 percent of Vancouverites consider their city affordable.
The online poll was conducted from July 9 to July 11, 2012 and based on responses of just over 400 residents of each city.