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Economy, jobs major issue for rural Manitobans, survey finds

A new poll shows that crumbling infrastructure is far and away the top concern for people living in Winnipeg — but it’s a different story outside the Perimeter.

Rural Manitobans say jobs and the economy are their top concern, with nearly one-in-four people — 23 per cent — outside Winnipeg identifying that as their No. 1 issue. Inside Winnipeg, only 12 per cent agreed.

Infrastructure is the second-most pressing issue for rural Manitobans. Sixteen per cent of non-Winnipeggers identified it as their top concern — well below the 61 per cent of Winnipeggers who did.

Other concerns on the list, including civic politics, government issues and crime, were also cited by fewer rural Manitobans than Winnipeggers.

Just six per cent of non-Winnipeggers identified civic politics and government issues as a concern, while 15 per cent of Winnipeggers did. And only five per cent of rural Manitobans said crime was their top issue, while 18 per cent of Winnipeg residents did.

The Probe Research poll of 605 Winnipeg residents and 405 rural Manitobans was conducted via telephone from March 17-28. It is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

» Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 15, 2014

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A new poll shows that crumbling infrastructure is far and away the top concern for people living in Winnipeg — but it’s a different story outside the Perimeter.

Rural Manitobans say jobs and the economy are their top concern, with nearly one-in-four people — 23 per cent — outside Winnipeg identifying that as their No. 1 issue. Inside Winnipeg, only 12 per cent agreed.

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A new poll shows that crumbling infrastructure is far and away the top concern for people living in Winnipeg — but it’s a different story outside the Perimeter.

Rural Manitobans say jobs and the economy are their top concern, with nearly one-in-four people — 23 per cent — outside Winnipeg identifying that as their No. 1 issue. Inside Winnipeg, only 12 per cent agreed.

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