Coderre honeymoon not yet over, poll suggests

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Nearly three years into his four-year mandate, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre continues to enjoy relatively high approval ratings.

In response to the question: “Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the job Denis Coderre is doing as mayor?” 61 per cent of respondents to a Forum research poll conducted for the Montreal Gazette said they approve.

Coderre polled slightly better with high-income earners, women, and those with post-graduate degrees, but earned lesser marks from anglophones, only 49 per cent of whom said they approved of his performance, as compared to francophones who gave him a 64-per-cent approval rating.

His latest rating still represent an 11-per-cent drop from a year ago, when 72 per cent of respondents said they approved of his work as mayor in a Léger poll.

“He’s still got very high approval ratings,” said Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research. “Just think if there was an election today, if you got 61 per cent of the vote you’d probably be happy with that – those are still very high numbers.”

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A mayor’s job is not an easy one, with many things that can go wrong, Bozinoff noted. There is a honeymoon period in which people are more willing to give the new mayor a chance, but after that things start to accumulate that annoy people, he said.

Coderre has had widely published legal setbacks in his administration’s attempts to regulate the calèche industry and institute a pit-bull breed ban, as well as weeks of bad publicity surrounding the city’s decision to dump 5 billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River to allow for essential repair work.

“Things like that will start to annoy some people, there’s no way of getting around that,” Bozinoff said. “Maybe the honeymoon is starting to end, but it’s still a pretty good number.”

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