In general, Yukoners are extremely satisfied with the work being done by their MLAs, but Whitehorse residents are less satisfied with their MLAs, the Mayor and the City Council. In a recent DataPath Poll, 39% of Yukoners rated their MLA as good/excellent on a 5-point scale. There is a significant difference between rural MLAs and Whitehorse MLAs. In the communities, 57% rated their MLA as good or excellent, compared to only 30% in Whitehorse. One other difference that is likely impacting this rating difference is that 42% of rural residents reported having seen or having met with their MLA since the election compared to only 14% in Whitehorse. “Certainly living in a smaller town makes it easier to see your MLA, but this is likely affecting the overall rating of the MLA and Whitehorse MLAs may have to work harder to instil confidence in their constituents” commented Donna Larsen, partner of DataPath.
Whitehorse residents also showed a lower rating of the Mayor and Council. Only 21% of Whitehorse residents rated the Mayor as good/excellent and that dropped to only 13% when rating the City Council. “While Whitehorse residents were more critical of their MLA than rural residents, they were even less satisfied with the Mayor and even less so with the Council” Donna added. In Whitehorse, 32% rated the Mayor a 1 or 2 (poor/fair) and 43% rated the Council a 1 or 2. The most critical group of both the Mayor and Council are those between the ages of 35-49 (in this group 39% rated the Mayor a 1 or 2, and 54% rated the Council that low). Another significant difference was among households with children, who were more critical of city council than households without children present.
The survey was conducted by DataPath Systems; an independent Yukon-based market research company. Telephone surveys were conducted with 150 Whitehorse residents and 150 non-Whitehorse residents between January 25 - 30. The data is weighted to accurately represent Yukoners based on the community they live in, their age and gender. Percentages are statistically valid to +/- 5.5%, 19 times out of 20 (95% confidence). This was a non-commissioned study, paid for by DataPath Systems.