New poll carries more weight: Expert
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Calgary
Although the Green Line didn’t register as a municipal race issue weeks ago, now the LRT project is registering with the threat of throwing the project off the rails.
The LRT on the Green online poll made the rounds online Wednesday, some questioning its methodology and validity after a Mainstreet poll didn’t seem to jive with the latest results.
Political commentator Duane Bratt said he puts more validity in the Ask Canadians poll than the Mainstreet one published last week.
“Because of their demographic information,” said Bratt. “It’s not the horse race number, it’s the numbers behind it.”
Bratt explains that the AC poll has the higher undecided number, which aligns with the typical voter turnout. He said having age, gender, income and education numbers helps tell that the Mainstreet poll went against research, suggesting women and young people were going to vote conservative when studies show women and young people vote more liberal — which aligns with the AC poll.
Bratt said some of the poll’s questions could lead responders in a particular direction and was likely to sway positive toward Nenshi voters.
Back on the Green Line matter, Binks said respondents are informed enough to understand what the first stage of the Green Line looks like, one of the major questions in the poll.
“We’ve had five years of some of the most exhaustive consultations in Calgary’s history. There have been literally thousands of hours of public engagement with the communities and residents who live along the route who have invested significant time and energy in developing this plan,” said Binks.
Smith questioned the math, suggesting that going from a 46-kilometre vision for the line at $4.5 billion to just 20 kilometres of track for $4.65 billion meant somewhere someone had “dropped the ball.”
As for details on a rethink of the Green Line, Smith told media on Friday that he didn’t have a plan.
Naheed Nenshi called his opponent’s comments shocking
was joined by Premier Rachel Notley and Transportation Minister Brian Mason to announce the provincial government pledging $1.5 billion in funding for the Green Line LRT.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi