A new poll suggests a majority of people across Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe favour amalgamation, but municipal officials say the topic rarely comes up.
Between April 19 and May 4, Corporate Research Associates asked 400 adults in the three municipalities if “all things considered, do you completely support, mostly support, mostly oppose, or completely oppose the amalgamation of Dieppe, Riverview and Moncton into a single municipal unit?”
‘Outside of media, people are wondering why the three municipalities haven’t come together.’
– Don Mills, CEO of Corporate Research Associates
Overall, the poll found that 59 per cent of residents polled were in support of the idea, 28 per cent opposed it and seven per cent were neither. Six per cent said they did not know or did not answer the question.
Support for amalgamation, however, is far greater in Moncton and Dieppe than in Riverview, the poll suggests. Sixty-four per cent of those polled in Moncton and 65 per cent of people polled in Dieppe were mostly or completely in favour.
In Riverview, only 38 per cent of people polls said it would be a good idea to join the three communities, while half of those polled fully or partly disagreed.
The poll was not so different from one taken in November 2016.
That survey suggested 60 per cent of residents in the three communities supported amalgamation, and 27 per cent were opposed. Seven per cent did not know or did not answer. The percentage of those who remained neutral was also seven per cent.
Riverview Mayor Ann Seamans was not available for comment Thursday. A spokesperson for the City of Dieppe said in an email to CBC News that Mayor Yvon Lapierre was contacted about the CRA’s previous poll in the fall of 2016.
She had found the results…