The Poll Results

by David Biltek

This poll has no scientific validity. It was not conducted under any process accepted by polling experts. It was done to provoke interest, encourage participation and perhaps to provide hints to candidates as to what they may need to do.

Some notes:

over 230 people voted for Mayor and over 1230 votes were cast for Councillors, which reflects what we have seen in actual elections. The research suggests that the average person who votes for Mayor, votes for 5 – 6 candidates for Council.

230 people are 2.25 percent of all voters in 2010. and 230 is 50% more people who participated over the last poll.

The poll was posted four times over the weekend mainly on Facebook, but also was sent to a number of people on email, and all were asked to share.

Most of the posts were on Facebook and although Facebook may not be entirely reflective of City Voters there are over 40,000 people from Grande Prairie over the age of 18 on Facebook

the results are somewhat consistent to 2010 final vote total and with even twice the numbers participating in this poll as opposed to the last one, there is some consistency

so again just remember what Diefenbaker said about polls.

But What Do YOU think?

Here are the results:

The first column is poll results Oct 11-14 and second is previous poll from Sept 27 and the third is the actual % from 2010 for incumbents

Lorne Radbourne 13% 13%   12%
Justin Munroe  10% 11%  8%
Kevin O’Toole  9% 9%  6.5%
Jackie Clayton  8% 9%  NEW
Helen Rice  8% 8%  11%
Rory Tarant  8% 7%  NEW
Chris Thiessen  9% 7%  6%
Miriam Mahnic  7% 6%  NEW
Kevin McLean
6% 4% 6%
John Croken  4% 5%  6.5%
Jared Gossen
5% 4% NEW
Dwight Logan  4% 5%
Erin Steidel  3% 4%  4.6%
Kim MacDougall  4% 6%  NEW
Jun Bibangco  1% 1%  NEW
Jeff Campbell  1% 1%  NEW

and For Mayor:

Bill Given   79% 83%
Gladys Blackmore  21% 17%

Top Issues Influencing your Decision

Answer Votes Percent
Snow Removal 50 8%
Downtown Development 72 12%
Aquatera 61 10%
Crystal Centre 57 9%
Taxes 85 14%
Economic Development 91 15%
Off Leash Dog Areas etc 25 4%
Roads 62 10%
Sidewalks 26 4%
Annexation 65 11%
Other: 24 4%
Other Answer Votes
Relationship with province 1
Transit 1
Long term vision and how to attract people who will stay! 1
environment 1
the high cost of protective services / recreation 1
Affordable housing 1
More funding to hire bylaw enforcement 1
Honesty and trustworthy 1
utilizing or resources to better our comunity. for example green spaces 1
Transit improvement and better city planning. 1
Equitable funding of visual and performing arts facilities 1
Vision for the city 1
Leadership 1
Business access and roadways 1
Maintaining all of the things that make the city wonderful 1
High cost of police, fire & recreation. 1
Candidate Personality 1
housing crisis, rent rates 1
Common sense, reason, logic, informed. 1
Rec centre reopen swimming pool 1
Candidates ability to connect on a personal level 1
Crime 1
Experience 1
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