Toronto poll: homelessness tops concerns mayor should address FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 16:44:43 -0400


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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty activists, what do you think of the
Toronto Sun/COMPAS poll results - and the Sun's coverage - below?

"Asked what Lastman could do to make people feel better about his
performance, the top request was to get people off the streets -- 32% --
which is something Lastman was discussing during last week's visit to New
York."  --  from article below

http://www.canoe.ca/TorontoNews/ts.ts-11-23-0003.html
FWD  Toronto Sun - Monday, November 23, 1998


MIGHTY MEL INVINCIBLE
POPULARITY SOARING: SUN/COMPAS POLL

By Jason Botchford, Toronto Sun


    Mayor Mel Lastman can do no wrong, a new Toronto Sun/COMPAS poll suggests.

  Lastman has a sky-high 75% approval rating from Toronto residents who
responded to last week's poll and there don't seem to be any lightning-rod
issues which could strike him down.

  The flamboyant mayor's popularity has been rising since last year's election.

  In a spring poll, his approval rating was 61% and in a September, Angus
Reid survey, 74% approved of his performance.

  "Part of that is people are getting used to him," said Chris Martyn, a
Compas senior partner.

  "This is one of the highest ratings for any politician we have ever
tracked. He's a strong, outspoken mayor who people believe does what he
says. And what he does, people obviously approve."

  And the number of residents who disapprove of the job their city's leader
is doing has been cut in half since spring and stands at 14%, according to
the Compas poll. Twelve percent of respondents said they were undecided
about having Lastman as mayor. Asked what Lastman could do to make people
feel better about his performance, the top request was to get people off
the streets -- 32% -- which is something Lastman was discussing during last
week's visit to New York.

  Fighting homelessness was followed closely by people who wanted lower
taxes -- 29%.

  Others said they wanted Lastman to improve traffic congestion -- 22% --
and 16% of respondents said the fast-talking mayor should keep quiet more
often.

  "There aren't any real issues which have grabbed people's attention and
could seriously lower his popularity in the near future," Martyn said.
"And, unlike federal or provincial politicians, Mel Lastman doesn't have
any real opposition. There's no one harping on his every move," he said.

  The poll suggests Lastman's approval rating is consistent with several
age groups, income brackets and political affiliations.

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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty activists, what do you think of the
Toronto Sun/COMPAS poll results - and the Sun's coverage - below?


"Asked what Lastman could do to make people feel better about his
performance, the top request was to get people off the streets -- 32%
-- which is something Lastman was discussing during last week's visit
to New York."  --  from article below


http://www.canoe.ca/TorontoNews/ts.ts-11-23-0003.html

FWD  Toronto Sun - Monday, November 23, 1998



<paraindent><param>right,left</param>MIGHTY MEL INVINCIBLE

POPULARITY SOARING: SUN/COMPAS POLL


By Jason Botchford, Toronto Sun

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    Mayor Mel Lastman can do no wrong, a new Toronto Sun/COMPAS poll
suggests.


  Lastman has a sky-high 75% approval rating from Toronto residents who
responded to last week's poll and there don't seem to be any
lightning-rod issues which could strike him down.


  The flamboyant mayor's popularity has been rising since last year's
election.


  In a spring poll, his approval rating was 61% and in a September,
Angus Reid survey, 74% approved of his performance.


  "Part of that is people are getting used to him," said Chris Martyn,
a Compas senior partner.


  "This is one of the highest ratings for any politician we have ever
tracked. He's a strong, outspoken mayor who people believe does what he
says. And what he does, people obviously approve."


  And the number of residents who disapprove of the job their city's
leader is doing has been cut in half since spring and stands at 14%,
according to the Compas poll. Twelve percent of respondents said they
were undecided about having Lastman as mayor. Asked what Lastman could
do to make people feel better about his performance, the top request
was to get people off the streets -- 32% -- which is something Lastman
was discussing during last week's visit to New York.


  Fighting homelessness was followed closely by people who wanted lower
taxes -- 29%.


  Others said they wanted Lastman to improve traffic congestion -- 22%
-- and 16% of respondents said the fast-talking mayor should keep quiet
more often.


  "There aren't any real issues which have grabbed people's attention
and could seriously lower his popularity in the near future," Martyn
said. "And, unlike federal or provincial politicians, Mel Lastman
doesn't have any real opposition. There's no one harping on his every
move," he said.


  The poll suggests Lastman's approval rating is consistent with
several age groups, income brackets and political affiliations.


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