WINNIPEG – Is the honeymoon over for Brian Bowman?
A new poll for Global News shows the mayor’s popularity may be waning as the debate over growth fees continues at city hall.
Of the 343 Winnipeggers surveyed by Insightrix Research, 57 per cent had a “negative” view of Bowman’s performance.
Thirty nine per cent of those respondents rated his performance as “fair” while nineteen percent gave him a grade of “poor.”
Forty three per cent of those asked had a more positive view. Thirty four per cent rated Bowman as “good”. Just nine per cent gave him an excellent rating.
Bowman is more popular right now among women. About 10 per cent more females asked rated him positively, compared to men.
He’s also slightly more popular among young people. With the mayor garnering more support from people aged 18-34.
The mayor thought the numbers were “interesting” but he isn’t too worried about it.
“I take my marching orders from the support and mandate I was fortunate enough to obtain from Winnipeggers on election day,” says Bowman. “What I was hired to do was to affect positive change and to ensure that we’re positioning the city for growth.”
The poll was conducted last week, including the day where the growth fee battle came to a head with a contentious meeting of Executive Policy Committee.
A poll released earlier today showed Winnippegers were split down the middle on the idea of adding the fees.