After the 2018 Municipal Elections

 

HCCI Snapshot Report_After the Municipal Election

The Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion launched a municipal survey ahead of the 2018 municipal elections to get an insight into how residents of Hamilton viewed certain aspects of municipal government. The survey was launched a month and a half before election day on Oct 22nd. When the survey closed we had 183 responses.The survey was launched not as a rigid research project but as an initiator to probe further into how issues around municipal governance can be participatory in nature. The survey covered issues ranging from media coverage of municipal government, to voting attitudes, municipal services, and access to decisions made at city hall.HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE REPORT

  • 22.1% of survey respondents live in Ward 2, 15.5% live in Ward 1, and 14.9% live in Ward 3. The next closest was Ward 13 with 9.9% of respondents, and Ward 4 with 5.5%.
    Q: HOW CAN WE ENGAGE WITH AND ENSURE THAT MUNICIPAL ISSUES/INFORMATION ARE ACCESSIBLE TO HAMILTONIANS WHO LIVE OUTSIDE OF WARDS 1-3 (WARDS 1-3 INCLUDE AND BORDER THE DOWNTOWN CORE)?
  • 83.7% of respondents identified primarily as white.
    Q: HOW CAN WE ENGAGE WITH AND ENSURE THAT INFORMATION IS ACCESSIBLE TO RACIALIZED RESIDENTS IN HAMILTON?
  • 23.8% of respondents identified as permanent residents. Note that currently in Hamilton, permanent residents are not eligible to vote in municipal elections. Q: HOW CAN WE SUPPORT THE PARTICIPATION OF HAMILTONIANS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LOCAL ISSUES AND POLITICS BUT ARE NOT CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS?
  • 38.9% of respondents noted when given the opportunity to select one source that they receive information about municipal government issues from The Hamilton Spectator, 36.9% from CBC Hamilton, 15.4% from The Public Record–Joey Coleman, 5.4% from CHML, and 3.4% from Cable 14. Many participants commented that they receive their information from several other sources that were not listed as options.
    Q: HOW CAN WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ACCESSIBLE, FACTUAL, AND RELIABLE SOURCES OF LOCAL INFORMATION

Regarding our the omission of CHCHNews in our Municipal election survey: We unreservedly apologize on behalf of our organization for not including CHCHNews in the multiple choice section of the survey. The omission does skew the results away from TV.

The Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion is committed to creating in every sector and among youth, effective and sustainable ways of ensuring that all residents participate in the civic life of the community, using their contributions to create a strong and vibrant city. We will continue to engage with residents in meaningful ways to ensure that their voices are amplified and heard loud in the city.

 

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