With less than 11 months to go until the municipal election, Mayor Naheed Nenshi continues to enjoy moderately strong support.
A Mainstreet/Postmedia poll shows 57% of Calgarians approve of the mayor’s performance. That’s unchanged from the last survey done in June 2015.
Mainstreet Research President Quito Maggi says City Council doesn’t fare as well. 47% approve of the job council is doing and 44% do not. That’s a virtual tie considering a margin of error +/-3.35% 19 times out of 20.
Still, Maggi says it won’t be easy to unseat incumbents, but notes the electorate will be paying much closer attention to upcoming controversial decisions on CalgaryNext or small business taxes. He adds, with challenging economic conditions continuing, there is a potential for “significant swings in public opinion if the mayor or council is perceived to be tone death to the real economic concerns facing Calgarians. In times of economic angst it will be tempting for voters to punish the first group of politicians to cross their path – whether they are responsible or not.”