A new independent Insightrix Research poll reveals that Yorkton residents enjoy a high quality of life, however the biggest issue the City faces is related to the city’s infrastructure (roads, parks, etc.).
Biggest Issue facing the City of Yorkton
An overwhelming majority of respondents (42%) believe that infrastructure (e.g. roads, parks, etc.) is the biggest issue facing the City of Yorkton. The remaining responses vary significantly with the next most common responses being healthcare (5%), the economy (3%), and housing (3%).
Satisfaction with the Performance of Yorkton City Council
Overall, 77% of respondents are satisfied with the performance of Yorkton City Council (58% somewhat satisfied and 19% very satisfied). Another 16% are dissatisfied and 7% are unsure.
Rebuilding the Downtown Core
A slim majority of respondents (51%) believe enough is being done to rebuild the downtown core. Another 36% believe that not enough is being done and 13% are unsure.
Quality of life
Respondents were asked to rate the overall quality of life in Yorkton on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is very poor and 10 is very good. Three quarters of respondents (75%) rate the quality of life in Yorkton at least a 7 out of 10. Only 7% of respondents indicate the overall quality of life in Yorkton is poor by giving a rating of 1 to 4.
When asked how the quality of life in the City of Yorkton changed over the past 3 years, 30% of residents say it has improved, while 56% say it has stayed the same. Another 14% say the quality of life has worsened over the last 3 years.
When asked what actions the City of Yorkton could take to continue to improve the quality of life for its residents, the top three most popular responses are building community centres and recreational facilities (13%), improvements to infrastructure (12%), and by encouraging business/shopping development (11%).
A total of 350 randomly selected Yorkton residents participated in the research study, which was conducted over the telephone from March 16th to March 30th, 2015. Quotas were set by age and gender to match the city’s population. The results for this study are accurate within ± 5.19 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
Founded in 2001, Insightrix Research Inc. is a full-service market research firm that helps clients develop, administer, and manage data collection and information strategies. From its office in Saskatoon, Insightrix offers a comprehensive range of research services. Insightrix also owns and manages the largest Saskatchewan-based online research panel, SaskWatch Research™, which currently has over 15,000 Saskatchewan residents as members.