According to Laura Ballance, of Laura Ballance Media Group (LBMG), her company is not performing the telephone survey reported last week asking Abbotsford residents who they voted for in the last election and how firm their decision is about the mayoralty candidates in this election.
“LBMG isn’t doing any polling in Abbotsford,” said Ballance in an email reply to a question from Abbotsford Today.
Ballance was asked if LBMG is acting on behalf of Mayor Banman in media or marketing matters in his campaign for re-election and told Abbotsford Today the firm is not but did help with the coordination of Banman’s re-election announcement.Councillor Henry Braun, who announced his candidacy June 10, told Abbotsford Today, “Neither I or my campaign team commissioned any poll. However, some of my volunteers will begin a random telephone survey asking what their top two or three issues in the next week or two. Each caller will identify themselves and state that they are calling on behalf of Councillor Braun who is running for the position of Mayor. We will be not be hiding who is calling and why!”
Abbotsford Today is continuing to this story and will post updates as it evolves.
Abbotsford Today has received several enquiries about a telephone survey being conducted seeking respondents’ opinions on the upcoming municipal election and how firmly they support their preferred mayoralty candidate.
According to one report the survey includes the following questions:
- Who the respondent voted for in the last election
- What issues are of most pressing concern for the upcoming municipal election
- How firm the respondent is on their choice for mayor
The City of Abbotsford has stated that the survey is not being done by the City and that no taxpayer dollars are being spent on the survey.
The City has paid for telephone surveys, whose purpose was questioned, before in advance of the failed Water Referendum during the last municipal election. Some felt the surveys were slanted in a manner that would sway voters on an election issue.
In the P3 Water Referendum during the last election, a secretive group of private individuals put up Vote Yes signs, one of which was placed near City Hall, urging citizens to go along with then-CAO Frank Pizzuto’s and then-mayor George Peary’s plan to spend $300,000,000 on a new water supply which both men knew the City didn’t need.
Abbotsford Today is making enquiries of the various campaigns and politicians who have announced their intentions of running and has, so far, received denials. We will continue to update this story as it develops.
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