April 18, 2017 1:48 pm

Nearly half of Hamiltonians polled disapprove of LRT project

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Just ahead of a key vote on LRT’s Environmental Assessment comes the results of an opinion poll that shows there is no clear majority on either side of the project.

According to the poll, 48 per cent of respondents disapprove of the billion-dollar LRT plan for Hamilton while 40 per cent are in favour. Twelve per cent are undecided.

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The poll also shows 63 per cent of those asked believe the city should hold a referendum before making a final decision.

The poll was commissioned by nine city councillors and surveyed more than 3,300 Hamilton residents by landline between March 30 and April 4.

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Of note, about two-thirds of those polled were aged 55 and older, while millennials, aged 18-34, made up only four per cent.

Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger said this lack of representation of the views of younger adults has “skewed” the results.

The survey was conducted by Access Research on behalf of Forum Research.  The survey has a margin of error of 1.7 per cent 19 times out of 20.

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