Monthly Archives : March 2015


Tories, Wildrose in Deat Heat

March 31st, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll of 3,067 Albertans finds a volatile race with the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose Party tied at 24%. The NDP hold the lead in Edmonton with 35%. The poll carries an overall margin of error of +/- 1.8%, 19/20.

“Time will tell if this reaction to the new tax measures will have a lasting effect on public opinion or if it is just a temporary effect. It is certainly a drastic change from where we saw public opinion just a few months ago”, said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “Wildrose support seems to be enjoying a resurgence after many months, perhaps due in part to a honeymoon period after their leadership and backlash against the loss of their former leader Danielle Smith in a PC nomination.”

“The coming campaign, which is widely expected in the weeks ahead, will matter. Premier Prentice has a tremendous amount of political capital and a divided opposition that may lack the time and resources to capitalize on this change in public opinion. The good news for the Premier is that 20% of Albertans are undecided on the budget and there is still time for the Premier and PC caucus to convince voters that the budget measures are both necessary and the best plan for the Province.”

“The reaction to this budget, especially the unpopularity of the health care tax has evaporated the lead enjoyed by the PC party last December to a neck and neck race with the Wildrose. Meanwhile the NDP have taken a commanding lead in the Edmonton area, and are likely to make big gains if these numbers hold.”

– The NDP lead in Edmonton rises to 43% from 35% when you exclude undecided voters. (35% with undecided, 43% among decided only).
– Among decided, total approval of the budget is 40% and total disapproval is 60%.
– 48% disapprove of the new health premiums; 46% disapprove of the new fuel surcharge.
– 64% approve of tax increases for higher earners; 48% approve of moving to a progressive income tax.

Mainstreet Technologies – March Alberta Issues


Nearly Two-Thirds Back Pick-and-Pay

March 27th, 2015. A new poll from Mainstreet Technologies shows 64% of Canadians back the CRTC’s new Pick-and-Pay packages – with the number rising to 89% approval once undecided respondents are excluded. With 5,053 respondents the margin of error is +/- 1.38%, 19/20.

“It’s a huge amount of support for pick-and-pay”, said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “Regardless of the fact that these changes may result in fewer viewing options, Canadians favour the new CRTC packages.”

“The public’s feelings towards Canadian content is mixed. Overall, we found that almost half of Canadians think Canadian Content on television is high quality, and only 17% describe it as poor or very poor. That said, cheaper cable bills matter more to people than having Canadian Content on air,” said Maggi.

– 49% of Canadians believe Canadian Content on Television is high quality (Excellent/Good)
– In QC, the number is higher at 57%
– 56% prioritize cheaper cable bills over Canadian content (25%)
– 45% say the right amount of Canadian Content is on TV; 33% say there is too little
– 44% of the youngest respondents, 18-34, say there is too little Canadian Content on TV

“The new CRTC regulations will have a broad impact on the Canadian television industry but all signs point to high approval from the public for these changes even if it may result in less diversity of content” finished Maggi.


Mainstreet Technologies – Canadian Content & CRTC


Mixed Reception For Budget

March 19th, 2015. A new Mainstreet Technologies poll finds 48% of Torontonians approve of the latest City of Toronto budget – but almost one third (29%) are not sure what they think about it. With 2,426 respondents the poll has a margin of error of +/- 1.99%, 19/20.

Meanwhile, John Tory’s approval ratings have taken a dip from previous Mainstreet Toronto polls. Tory’s approval is now at 62% compared to 72% in February and 73% in January.

“John Tory’s approval rating is still high but the Honeymoon is over” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Technologies. “It’s not surprising that after his first major test as mayor that some Torontonians may be a little disappointed with his performance.”

Tory’s approval has dipped in Etobicoke, Scarborough and North York but is still high at 71% in Downtown. Support for the budget is lowest in Scarborough (39%) and highest in Etobicoke (55%).

“Almost a third of Torontonians don’t know what to make of the budget – which isn’t surprising. There have been forecasts for more challenging budget situations in the future so this will be an issue to watch barring new funding from the province or federal government” finished Maggi.


Mainstreet Technologies – March Toronto Issues