Opinion on Private Garbage Collection in Scarborough Mixed

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Opinion on Private Garbage Collection in Scarborough Mixed

Toronto, February 08th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll among 1,090 Toronto voters, support for private garbage collection in Scarborough was divided.

Of those surveyed (34%) were opposed to the plan, (32%) supported it, (21%) are neutral, and (13%) are unsure.

Approval was most common to those aged 44-54 (38%) and 55-64 (36%), the wealthiest (40%), and Progressive Conservative supporters (58%).

Disapproval was most common to those aged 18-34 (40%), those earning $40,000-$60,000 (49%), and NDP supporters (61%).

In a small sample of Scarborough residents (n=77), opinion on the plan was as divided as elsewhere, with (32%) in support and (33%) opposed.

It’s About the Cost

Respondents were then randomly asked one of two follow up questions about their opinion of privatization if the plan cost more, or less, than it does currently.

If privatization costs the city more money half or respondents oppose the plan (50%), with only a quarter supporting (24%).

If privatization saves the city money, half of respondents would support the plan (48%), with almost a third opposed (30%).

“Such divided opinion suggests an uncertainty toward the privatization proposal. In the end, it comes down to cost: people want to pay less for city services, not more, so if collection became more expensive, unsurprisingly, the majority would oppose it. If it became cheaper, they would be more open to it, but three-in-ten are still against privatization, even if it costs less,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research.

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.