A new poll conducted by Insightrix Research in partnership with 680 CJOB and Global TV Winnipeg suggests there has been a recent surge in those intending to vote for Brian Bowman in the upcoming municipal election on Wednesday. Specifically, among decided voters (71% of those who intend to vote), 38% say the plan to cast their ballot in favour of Brian Bowman while the poll suggests that long-time leader throughout the campaign, Judy Wasylycia-leis, will receive 36% of the votes. Robert Falcon Ouellette (14%) and Gord Steeves (9%) trail behind the two front-runners while very few intend to vote for Paula Havixbeck (2%), David Sanders (1%) or Michel Fillion (0.4%) on October 22nd. Where did the votes change? Findings from this poll are in stark contrast to a similar poll conducted by Insightrix Research, 680 CJOB and Global TV in late August and early September where 38% say they were planning to vote for Wasylycia-leis, 24% for Bowman and 20% for Steeves. Since that time, far fewer Winnipeg residents say they plan to vote for Steeves which appears to have largely accounted for Bowman’s rise in the current poll. Too close to call The poll shows that 29% of those who intend to vote are undecided as to who they will vote for. This combined with the neck and neck performance between Wasylycia-leis and Bowman means that the election is too close to call. As with many elections, the winner will be determined by the candidate that does the best job at getting out the vote on Election Day. Research Details A total of 802 randomly selected Winnipeg residents were polled by telephone (including land line and cellular numbers) between October 7th and 17th, 2014. Quotas were set by age, gender, and by postal code groupings and data are weighted to match the distribution of the population of Winnipeg. The margin of error is equal to ±3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. About Insightrix Insightrix Research Inc., established in June 2001, is a full-service Canadian market research company that provides consulting services in study design, questionnaire development, data collection, qualitative services, and data analysis. Insightrix also owns and manages ManitobaWatch™, an online panel that is comprised of Manitoba residents who provide input on local political, social and consumer issues. For more information, please visit http://manitobawatch.ca/. For more information, please contact Lang McGilp, Senior Research Executive Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 ext. 229 Cell: 306.290.9599 Email: lang.mcgilp@insightrix.com...

A new telephone poll conducted by Insightrix Research in partnership with CJOB Radio and Global TV shows Judy Wasylycia-Leis currently leads the mayoralty race in Winnipeg. Fully 38% of decided voters say they would cast their ballot for Judy Wasylycia-Leis, well ahead of Brian Bowman (24%) and Gord Steeves (20%). The remaining mayoralty candidates each earn voter intention percentages in the single digits. Support for Judy Wasylycia-Leis is higher among females and those over the age of 35, while Brian Bowman tends to have greater support among males. However, most telling is that 34% of Winnipeg residents who say they plan to vote in the upcoming civic election are uncertain as to who they will vote for. With this level of undecided voters, results on election day could vary significantly from this relatively early poll in the election campaign, creating a potential three-way race among the front-runners. The poll also asked Winnipeg residents what they believe is the number one issue facing the city. Resoundingly, addressing infrastructure issues is noted by one half of the city’s residents (49%). Crime and policing, the second most frequently mentioned key issue, are noted by only 8% of residents. Turning to education, roughly equal proportions believe that Winnipeg residents spend too much in school taxes (37%) or about the right amount (38%). Fully 8% feel residents pay too little in school taxes and 17% are uncertain. When presented with four different issues facing Winnipeg schools, approximately equal proportions of residents believe that the most important items to address are proper focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic (34%) and teachers advancing students to the next grade even though they may not be ready to do so (28%). A total of 14% believe bullying is the most important issue facing schools, while 11% say it is teachers spending too much time with problem kids at the expense of the rest of the class. Another 13% are uncertain. Research Details A total of 799 randomly selected Winnipeg residents participated in the telephone research study between August 20th and September 4th, 2014. The margin of error is equal to +/-3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. About Insightrix Founded in 2001, Insightrix Research Inc. is a full-service market research firm that helps clients develop, administer, and manage data collection and information strategies. From its office in Saskatoon, Insightrix offers a comprehensive range of research services. For more information, please contact Lang McGilp, Senior Research Executive Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 ext. 229 Cell: 306.290.9599 Email: lang.mcgilp@insightrix.com Web: www.insightrix.com...

A new independent poll conducted by Insightrix Research shows that Saskatchewan residents are divided in their opinion on whether or not liquor stores in Saskatchewan should be privatized. Specifically, residents were asked to indicate whether they believe 1) liquor stores should NOT be privatized at all; 2) new liquor stores should be privatized but existing stores should remain publicly owned; or 3) all liquor stores in the province should be privately owned. One quarter (26%) of residents believe liquor stores should not be privatized at all, 34% feel the current approach is best (new stores privatized and existing stores remain public), and 23% support privatizing all liquor stores. One in ten (11%) have no opinion on the matter and 6% are unsure. Opinions closely correlate with support for provincial political parties. Specifically, those who say they would vote for the provincial NDP if an election were held today are more likely to believe that all liquor stores should remain public (52% vs. 15% among SaskParty voters who feel the same way) while those who would vote for the SaskParty are more likely to support privatizing all liquor stores in the province (37% vs. 8% among NDP voters who feel the same way). Roughly equal proportions of SaskParty and NDP voters (34% and 31%, respectively) support the current approach of keeping existing stores public and privatizing new stores. Further, residents were asked about the impact that privatizing Saskatchewan liquor stores could have on government spending and price and selection of products in liquor stores. Opinions are mixed in each of these areas. Specifically, roughly one half of Saskatchewan residents believe that privatizing liquor stores means there will be fewer public dollars available for health, education, highways, etc. (47%); however, 51% believe that the privatization of liquor stores will allow the government to focus on building other facilities. Turning to the customer experience side of things, roughly one half of Saskatchewan residents feel that privatizing liquor stores would mean better selection (52%) and better prices (51%) for consumers. Opposition to each of these four statements ranges from 30% to 38%, with the remaining respondents stating that they are unsure. Finally, when asked how residents’ support for the SaskParty would change if all liquor stores were privatized, opinions remain divided. Specifically, 26% say their impressions of the SaskParty would decrease, 47% say they would remain the same, and 13% say they would improve. Fully 14% are unsure or prefer not to say. It is noted that most of those who say their impressions would decrease are also people who say they would vote for the NDP if an election were held today (59% vs. 13% among SaskParty voters). Research Details A total of 800 randomly selected SaskWatch Research™ panel members participated in the online research study from June 3rd to 6th, 2014. Quotas were set by age, gender, and region to match the general population of the province. Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable. About SaskWatch Research™ Insightrix began developing its SaskWatch Research™ online market research panel in October 2007, using high-quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 15,000 active panel members representing all regions of the province and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income, and education. For more information, please visit http://saskwatch.ca. For more information, please contact Lang McGilp, Senior Research Executive Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 ext. 229 Cell: 306.290.9599 Email: lang.mcgilp@insightrix.com Web: www.insightrix.com...

According to a telephone poll conducted by Insightrix for CJOB News and Global News, the majority of Manitoba residents believe that marijuana should either be legalized and taxed or decriminalized. The poll surveyed 800 Manitobans and only 40% of respondents say that the current marijuana laws should remain unchanged.   For more detail on the survey, go to http://www.cjob.com/2014/03/03/26937/  ...

A recent poll conducted by Insightrix Research in collaboration with CJOB News/Global News shows that support for Stephen Harper and the federal Conservative Party is high in Manitoba. However, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are gaining ground, particularly in Winnipeg. The poll found that 44% of Manitobans support the Conservatives, while support for the Liberals sits at 34%, the NDP at 16%, and the Green Party at 5%. While the Conservatives lead support in the province, Trudeau and the Liberals have the most support in Winnipeg with 42% of voters saying they would vote for the Liberal Party. The Conservatives stand at 32% in the city, and the NDP have 20% of voters’ support. For more detail on the poll and a detailed graph, please visit http://www.cjob.com/2014/02/11/poll-federal-liberals-draw-big-support-in-manitoba/...

In collaboration with 680 CJOB News and Global News, Insightrix recently conducted a poll with Winnipeg residents and asked who they would vote for if a mayoral election were held that day. The poll found that 42% of decided voters would support Judy Wasylycia-Leis, 17% would support Gord Steeves, and 12% would support current mayor Sam Katz. Behind the top three are City Councillors Paula Havixbeck (9%), Scott Fielding (6%), and John Orlikow (6%), and Winnipeg lawyer Brian Bowman (6%). In the poll, 59% of respondents stated that they would vote for a mayor who is not currently on City Council. Respondents were asked about trust in city hall to manage the city effectively: in total, 67% of respondents expressed very low (27%) or somewhat low (40%) trust. Turning to the Mayor, 35% of respondents strongly disapprove of his performance and 27% somewhat disapprove. Winnipeg residents also provided their views on Mayor Katz’s leadership and 32% believe that he is taking Winnipeg on the right track, while 52% believe that he is guiding the city in the wrong direction. To learn more about the poll results and details on levels of satisfaction with city services, please go to http://www.cjob.com/2014/02/10/24208/....

In partnership with 680 CJOB News and Global News, Insightrix recently conducted a public opinion poll with 800 Manitoba residents regarding their views on provincial politics. In the poll, respondents were asked who they would vote for if an election were held today: Greg Selinger (NDP); Brian Pallister (Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba); Rana Bokhari (Manitoba Liberal Party); or Alain Landry (Green Party of Manitoba). The poll shows that Premier Greg Selinger and Manitoba’s New Democrats are 25 points behind the Opposition Progressive Conservatives. For more details on the poll and to view an infographic, please visit http://www.cjob.com/2014/02/07/infographic-exclusive-poll-shows-plunging-support-for-ndp/...

A new independent online poll conducted by Insightrix Research suggests that there is support by more than one half of Saskatchewan residents for abolishing the Canadian Senate. Specifically, 58% of all respondents stated that they would support the decision to abolish the Canadian Senate (40% strongly support and 18% somewhat support), while 18% would oppose (10% somewhat oppose, 8% strongly oppose). Equal proportions are either unsure or have no opinion the matter (12% each) Males are more likely to support the abolition of the senate (66% vs. 51% among women), and support rises sharply with age (39% among 18-34 year olds versus 75% among those aged 55 years or more). Research Details A total of 803 randomly-selected SaskWatch Research™ panel members from Saskatchewan participated in the online research study between the dates of June 11th and 13th, 2013. Quotas were set by age and gender to match the general population of the province. As the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable. About SaskWatch Research™ Insightrix started developing the SaskWatch Research™ online market research panel in October 2007, using high-quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 14,250 active panel members representing all regions of the province, and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income and education. For more information, please visit: http://saskwatch.ca. About Insightrix Founded in 2001, Insightrix Research Inc. is a full-service market research firm that helps clients develop, administer, and manage data collection and information strategies. From its office in Saskatoon, Insightrix offers a comprehensive range of research services. For further information contact: Lang McGilp, Senior Research Executive Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 Ext. 229 Cell: 306.290.9599 Email: lang.mcgilp@insightrix.com Web: www.insightrix.com...

On October 18th, Insightrix Research released an independent online poll asking voters in Regina and Saskatoon to indicate who they plan to support in the civic elections held last night. In both cities, the Insightrix polls predicted actual voter support with tremendous accuracy. In the case of Saskatoon, when excluding those who were undecided or preferred not to say, 54% of online respondents planned to vote for Don Atchison, 44% for Tom Wolf and 2% for Clay Mazurkewich. Actual polling figures last night were very close to this statistic, as noted below: In Regina, a similar story unfolded. Among decided voters, Insightrix predicted that 43% would vote for Michael Fougere, while popular vote came in at 42% last night. The most notable variance was in the case of Marian Donnelly, who received 32% of votes last night, versus 25% predicted in the poll. The poll anticipated slightly higher-than-actual support for Meka Okochi and Chad Novak. Research Details A total of 813 randomly selected SaskWatch Research™ panel members from Saskatoon and 772 panel members from Regina participated in the online research study between the dates of October 9th and 12th, 2012 and October 15th and 18th, 2012, respectively. Quotas were set by age and gender to match the general population of the city. As the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable. About SaskWatch Research™ Insightrix started developing the SaskWatch Research™ online market research panel in October 2007, using high-quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 10,000 active panel members representing all regions of the province, and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income and education. For more information, please visit: http://saskwatch.ca. About Insightrix Founded in 2001, Insightrix Research Inc. is a full service market research firm that helps clients develop, administer, and manage data collection and information strategies. From its office in Saskatoon, Insightrix offers a comprehensive range of research services. For further information contact: Lang McGilp, Senior Research Executive Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 Ext. 229 Cell: 306.290.9599 Fax: 306.384.5655 Email: lang.mcgilp@insightrix.com Web: www.insightrix.com...

A new independent online poll conducted by Insightrix Research suggests that Michael Fougere has a commanding lead over his eight competitors vying for mayor, heading into the polls next week. Presently, of those who plan to vote in the upcoming civic election on October 24th, 2012, 30% intend to cast their ballot for Mr. Fougere. His nearest competitor is Marian Donnelly with 17% of Regina residents planning to vote for her, followed by Meka Okochi at 15%. The remaining six candidates each have less than 5% of voters planning to endorse them. However, one quarter of voters (25%) are undecided as to who they will cast their ballot in favour of on Election Day, which depending on their behaviour, could have a notable impact on the election outcome.   Further clouding the prediction of who may walk away with the title of mayor is the fact that 80% of respondents polled state they plan to vote in the upcoming election. This contrasts sharply with actual voter turnout in the most recent civic election (25%), suggesting that many who say they will vote on Wednesday may in fact not make it to the polls. Regardless of voter intentions, when asked if it would be a good thing or a bad thing for Regina if each of the mayoralty candidates were elected to office, roughly equal proportions hold positive perceptions of both front-running candidates: 48% for Mr. Fougere and 45% for Ms. Donnelly. Meka Okochi (40%) and Dr. Liz Brass (33%) trail behind somewhat, while the remaining five candidates hold smaller positive impressions among voters....