approve of photo radar
Best at major intersections or in school zones
30th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum
Poll™ among 507 Toronto voters, one half approves of photo radar (49%), while
one third disapproves (34%). Just less than a fifth have no opinion (17%).
Support for photo radar is common to boomers (55 to 64 - 64%), females (53%),
those in Etobicoke (57%), voters born in Canada (55%) and John Tory voters from
the last election (60%). These findings represent an increase in those
approving of photo radar since the last time we polled this question (January,
2013, 43% - approve, 39 - disapprove).
Voters split on whether photo radar is revenue tool, safety
proportions of Torontonians think photo radar is a revenue raising tool (37%)
or a safety measure (39%). One tenth think it is neither (10%) or don’t have an
opinion (13%). Those who think of it as a money maker are most likely to be mid
aged (45 to 54 - 42%), males (46%), the wealthiest (45%), in North York (42%)
and among those who voted for Doug Ford (50%). The last time we asked this, the
results were similar (January, 2013, safety - 40%, revenue - 37%).
Major intersections, school zones best places for photo radar
see major intersections only as the most important place to site photo radar
equipment (26%) and this is tied with school zones (24%). Following this are
“anywhere in the downtown” (12%) and on highways only (7%). Few see the need in
hospital zones (3%) or at prohibited right hand turns (2%).
“Photo radar has become more
acceptable in the past three years, and Torontonians now are equally likely to
see it as a means of raising money and a way of guaranteeing safety. It appears
they approve of both goals," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum
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