Monthly Archives : February 2015

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Toronto: School Closures

TORONTONIANS READY TO PAY FOR CLOSED SCHOOLS

February 10th, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll finds 53% of Torontonians support a property tax increase to acquire closed schools and convert them into community centres and parks. With 2,388 respondents, the poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.00%.

“The TDSB as a whole has a high disapproval rating, but surprisingly residents have a positive view of their own local trustee”, said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “Most Torontonians would support schools being converted into community centres and parks – and they are willing to pay for it with a property tax increase. It will be up to council to decide if those are costs they want to take on, not just in acquiring the properties and converting them but also if they are ready to pay for their continued upkeep and new programming. Mayor Tory has indicated he wants to be included in the conversation about school closures. If he wants to take action and acquire the schools the TDSB is set to close, public support is there.”

• 61% prefer converting schools to community centres and parks (73% among decided)
• 53% back a property tax increase to pay for the conversion (68% among decided)
• 56% disapprove of the TDSB’s job performance
• 53% approve of their local TDSB trustee

“Mayor Tory’s honeymoon continues, his overall approval is still sky high at 72%, that’s down 1% from January and within the margin of error,” finished Maggi.

Mainstreet Technologies – February Toronto Issues

Vaccine-Blog

Manitoba & Vaccinations

62% SAY CHILD CARE FACILITIES SHOULD SHUN UNVACCINATED

February 7th, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll of 1,978 Manitoba residents finds 62% of decided residents want child care facilities to refuse unvaccinated children. The poll carries an overall margin of error of +/- 2.20%, 19/20.

“33% of residents believe parents should have no choice in vaccinating their children”, said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “54% believe that parents should have the ultimate say in whether their children receive vaccinations, though 53% back allowing schools to refuse unvaccinated children.”

• 54% say parents should be able to decide against vaccinating their children.
• 53% agree schools should turn away unvaccinated children.
• 26% agree vaccines could cause autism, 21% neither agree or disagree with the statement.
• 64% agree serious health impacts loom if children are not vaccinated.

“What’s concerning is 26% of residents agree vaccines could cause autism, and that 16% don’t believe lower immunizations rates will cause serious health problems. There are many children who cannot be immunized and who are depending on herd immunity for their well-being,” finished Maggi.

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Mainstreet Technologies – Manitoba and Vaccinatons Poll

SK & Vaccinations

66% SAY CHILD CARE FACILITIES SHOULD SHUN UNVACCINATED

February 6th, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll of 1,997 Saskatchewan residents finds 66% want child care facilities to refuse unvaccinated children. The poll carries an overall margin of error of +/- 2.19%, 19/20.

“31% of residents don’t believe parents should have a say in whether their children are vaccinated or not”, said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “That means 55% believe that parents should have the ultimate say in whether their children receive vaccinations, though 51% back allowing schools to refuse unvaccinated children.”

• 55% say parents should be able to decide against vaccinating their children.
• 51% agree schools should turn away unvaccinated children.
• 20% agree vaccines could cause autism, 21% neither agree or disagree with the statement.
• 63% agree serious health impacts loom if children are not vaccinated.

“What’s concerning is 20% of residents agree vaccines could cause autism, and that 15% don’t believe lower immunizations rates will cause serious health problems. There are many children who cannot be immunized and who are depending on herd immunity for their well-being,” finished Maggi.

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Mainstreet Technologies – Saskatchewan and Vaccinatons Poll

Vaccine-Blog

Alberta & Vaccinations

65% SAY CHILD CARE FACILITIES SHOULD SHUN UNVACCINATED

February 6th, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll of 2,838 Albertan residents finds 65% of decided residents want child care facilities to refuse unvaccinated children. The poll carries an overall margin of error of +/- 1.84%, 19/20.

“34% of residents believe parents should have no choice in vaccinating their children”, said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “That means 56% believe that parents should have the ultimate say in whether their children receive vaccinations, though 53% back allowing schools to refuse unvaccinated children.”

• 56% say parents should be able to decide against vaccinating their children.
• 53% agree schools should turn away unvaccinated children.
• 21% agree vaccines could cause autism, 18% neither agree or disagree with the statement.
• 61% agree serious health impacts loom if children are not vaccinated.

“What’s concerning is 21% of residents agree vaccines could cause autism, and that 16% don’t believe lower immunizations rates will cause serious health problems. There are many children who cannot be immunized and who are depending on herd immunity for their well-being,” finished Maggi.

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Mainstreet Technologies – Alberta and Vaccinatons Poll

Vaccine-Blog

Ontario & Vaccinations

67% SAY CHILD CARE FACILITIES SHOULD SHUN UNVACCINATED

February 6th, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll of 3,022 Ontarians finds 67% want child care facilities to refuse unvaccinated children. The poll carries an overall margin of error of +/- 1.78%, 19/20.

“58% of residents don’t believe parents should have a say in whether their children are vaccinated or not”, said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “Those numbers don’t surprise me with the amount of coverage measles has been receiving in the news. Ontarians are mostly supportive of Ontario’s policy to ensure children in school are vaccinated but they are even more supportive of child care facilities refusing unvaccinated children – 60% support the measure and that rises to 67% of decided residents.”

• 30% say parents should be able to decide against vaccinating their children.
• 53% agree schools should turn away unvaccinated children.
• 20% agree vaccines could cause autism, 19% neither agree or disagree with the statement.
• 60% agree serious health impacts loom if children are not vaccinated.

“What’s concerning is 20% of residents agree vaccines could cause autism, and that 15% don’t believe lower immunizations rates will cause serious health problems. There are many children who cannot be immunized and who are depending on herd immunity for their well-being,” finished Maggi.

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Mainstreet Technologies – Ontario & Vaccinaton Poll

Sudbury-Blog

Who Was Sudbury's Most Accurate Pollster?

February 6th, 2015. Mainstreet Technologies’ final Sudbury poll came closest to correctly gauging the voting intentions of the Sudbury electorate.

Click here to listen to downloadable audio commentary from Quito Maggi.

Mainstreet’s final poll of decided voters showed Liberal Glen Thibeault leading the NDP’s Suzanne Shawbonquit by 5% – he would ultimately win by 6.3% – within the poll’s margin of error. Other pollsters showed a 13.2% lead for Mr. Thibeault and a 3% lead for Ms. Shawbonquit.

“Mainstreet’s superior sample size played a large role in our ability to most accurately assess Sudbury’s voting intention”, said Mainstreet Technologies President, Quito Maggi.

“But a large sample size is just part of the methodology we use to accurately gauge public opinion. Our public polls have the same amount of resources put into them as our private work – we are proud of that.”

When looking at overall error, Mainstreet’s was lowest at 14.1% compared to 17.3% and 24.8% for other polling firms.

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Mainstreet-SK-Web-BlogFeatured

Jobs Highest Concern in Saskatchewan

February 3rd, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll of 2,258 Saskatchewan residents finds the top concern in the province the job market with 32% of decided residents concerned about the job situation. 53% of decided residents believe Saskatchewan is entering a recession – 47% do not. The poll carries an overall margin of error of +/- 2.06%, 19/20.

“Saskatchewan residents are optimistic about their own personal finances (48%) but pessimistic about the provincial economy (49%)”, said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “It seems many Saskatchewan residents don’t think the new economic climate will personally affect them – we found a similar situation in Alberta.”

The Mainstreet poll asked Saskatchewan residents if they believed the price of crude oil would increase in the next 12 months. 46% of decided residents think it will.

“The economic situation in Saskatchewan is turbulent right now. With the future price of oil a mystery it is difficult for the government to plan ahead. What is striking though is 73% of decided respondents want to see the provincial government cut spending to deal with the new financial situation, there is very little support for new taxes or running a deficit,” noted Maggi.

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Mainstreet Technologies – Saskatchewan Issues – February

Sudbury-Blog

Sudbury Race Closes

SUDBURY STAR EXCLUSIVE: TIGHT RACE AS BY ELECTION CLOSES

SUDBURY, February 3rd, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll of Sudbury residents finds a tight race to the finish between the Ontario Liberals and Ontario NDP, 32% to 28%, slightly outside the margin of error. With 882 respondents, the poll carries a margin of error of +/- 3.38, 19/20.

“Thursday’s by election comes down to the wire but Glen Thibeault continues to lead”, said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Technologies. “With most undecided respondents also indicating they are unlikely to vote it leaves little room for growth. This race will be won on turnout and with a record number of voters casting their ballots at the advance poll it’s clear there’s a lot of interest in this race.”

“It now comes down to individual campaigns to get out their supporters. Thibeault’s lead increases slightly among those certain to vote (or who already voted), that’s a good sign for his campaign, but there is the potential for an upset” he finished.

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Mainstreet Technologies – Sudbury Feb 2 by Mainstreet Technologies