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Online survey shows Metro Vancouver voters want change, but overwhelmed by options

Last Updated Oct 15, 2018 at 4:36 pm PDT

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Summary

Researchers found 69% are ready for new municipal governments, but many are still undecided who would be fittest

Almost a quarter of the surveyed (24 per cent) in Metro Vancouver think housing is the most important issue

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — If you’re having trouble figuring out who to vote for on Saturday, you’re not alone.

A new survey indicates more than two-thirds of undecided voters in Metro Vancouver are overwhelmed by the options –even though they want change.

Researchers found 69 per cent are ready for new municipal governments, but days before the election, Insights West President Steven Mossop says many would-be voters are still on the fence about who to support.

“Because there’s just so many people running and they’re having difficulty finding the information they need about their platforms and polices,” Mossop says.

The online survey of a thousand eligible voters suggests people in Vancouver, where a record 158 people are competing for 27 spots, are having a tough time figuring out who’s the best choice.

Mossop tells NEWS1130, seven-out-of-ten participants say they are “likely” to vote, but he believes that number’s high.

“Despite high intentions when it comes down to it, I think we’ll see either average or slightly below average turnout.”

He’s expecting numbers to be similar to what they were in 2014 when turnout in Vancouver was 43.4%.

“And that’s not unusual. We do track intentions at a federal and a provincial level and people typically overstate their intention to vote when it comes down to the day –especially municipal elections. If they don’t feel educated, they don’t feel like they’ve had enough time to research it, then typically, people will bow out.”

He adds only one-in-five people taking part in the survey say they’ve already decided who to vote for.

Key issues include affordable housing, traffic congestion and public safety. Almost a quarter of the surveyed (24 per cent) in Metro Vancouver think housing is the most important issue, followed by rental availability at 15 per cent. Six per cent find homelessness and taxes to be the top issues in their city, while public transit is most important to five per cent of Metro Vancouverites.