Business leaders see poverty, homelessness, transit as key election issues

A very significant new Ipsos Reid poll in Business in Vancouver’s July 22 issue reveals that Vancouver business leaders see social issues — particularly poverty, homelessness and affordable housing — as the critical issues to be faced by a new mayor.

“People’s concerns in the City of Vancouver are different than in other municipalities and very distinct,” says Ipsos spokesperson Steve Mossop. Unlike other cities, he says, where infrastructure, crime and taxes lead business concerns, “here there is a lot of emphasis on social issues. When you add affordable housing together with poverty, welfare and homelessness, it becomes the No. 1 issue by far in the election race.”

Not surprisingly, the business people polled preferred NPA candidate an BIV columnist Peter Ladner over Gregor Robertson by a 60 percent to 45 percent margin.

The story on the poll is available only to BIV subscribers.