Groundhog Day came late this year. In a replay of the same hoary tale Tunnel King McQueen and his trusty sidekick Geoff released the port authority’s annual Ipsos poll that purports to show Torontonians are in love with their port authority. That’s the organization that contributes to traffic gridlock at the foot of Bathurst Street, befouls their neighbours’ air and disturbs their quiet enjoyment of the community.
It appears that Ipsos has used the same suspect methodology to get almost identical results it has in previous years including starting off the poll with feel good statements about waterfront revitalization before dealing with the port authority. Nothing like favouarble impression by association!
No doubt the port authority will tout the findings at its general meeting tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
9:30 a.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Harbourfront Centre – Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontari
As for the poll, especially interesting is the first question on noise. “From your home, do you hear any sound or noise associated with the airplanes that land at, and take off from, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport?” It may not come as a surprise that not many people at home in North York, Scarborough or Etobicoke are bothered by the noise from take-offs and landings at the island airport. However, it may be of interest that this line of questioning is followed up with a query on attitudes about jets at the airport if they are no louder than the current planes.
By all appearances, this poll looks suspiciously like a tool designed to elicit responses the port authority is looking for.
Oh yes, the margin of error is ± 11.3 percentage points in North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough but you won’t see the port authority or Ipsos drop the 60% approval for jets to 49% to take into account the -11%.