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Race tight to replace Surrey mayor: poll

By Stephanie Chan

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is not running for re-election. (FILE PHOTO)

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is not running for re-election. (FILE PHOTO)

A new Insights West poll suggests the potential support for declared Surrey mayoral candidates Doug McCallum and Linda Hepner is at a similar level among residents — with McCallum receiving a higher level of familiarity.

An online survey reveals that the ward system proposed by the former mayor McCallum is more popular than current councillor Hepner’s idea of constructing a ferris wheel on the beach wedged between the Patullo and SkyTrain bridges.

The survey found McCallum received a higher level of familiarity (83%) than Hepner (67%). Both mayoral contenders are recognized by most residents aged 55 and over (96% for McCallum and 81% for Hepner). But McCallum has higher familiarity than Hepner with residents aged 18 to 34 (64 to 46%) and those aged 35 to 54 (87 to 74%).

Regarding the proposal to elect the Surrey City Council members, neighbourhood wards gained 53% support from Surrey residents, calling it a “very good” or “good” idea. On the contrary, Hepner’s proposal to build a ferris wheel was considered as “bad” or “very bad” by 72% of residents.

The poll had 507 respondents in Surrey and a plus-minus of 4.4 percentage points.


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