Eisenberger maintains solid lead for mayor

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Eisenberger maintains solid lead for mayor

Clark, McHattie tied for 2nd

TORONTO OCTOBER 17th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 751 Hamilton voters, just more than one third of those decided and leaning will vote for Fred Eisenberger (37%), compared to about one quarter or fewer who will vote either for Brad Clark (25%) or Brian McHattie (22%). About 1-in-6 will vote some other candidate (16%). Factored out of these findings are one tenth undecided voters (9%).

Awareness up for all candidates, approval down slightly

Fred Eisenberger is known to almost all voters (92%, up from 83% on September 26) and is approved of by 6-in-10 of them (59%), down slightly from two thirds last month (September 26 - 64%). Brad Clark is known to three quarters (75%), up from two thirds (68%) and his approval has stayed stable at one half (50% now, 53% previously). Brian McHattie's awareness has increased the most (from 57% to 70%) and his approval has remained stable (46% now, 50% previously).

Low taxes most important issue in this campaign

Keeping taxes low is the leading issue of concern among voters (26%), followed relatively equally by transit (16%), economic development (16%) and infrastructure (14%). After that, ethics and transparency at city hall are important (11%) or something not listed is (15%). Transit is the most important issue to Clark supporters (30%), followed by low taxes (20%). For Eisenberger voters, low taxes are paramount (35%), followed by economic development (22%). McHattie voters are most concerned with transit (22%) and low taxes (17%).

"The big change here is that Brian McHattie has caught up with Brad Clark and now shares second place with him. With less than 10 days to go, however, it looks like this race is Fred Eisenberger's to lose," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.