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Chamber Poll Shows Larger Percentage of Likely Voters Support Changing GRU Structure

Chamber Poll Shows Larger Percentage of Likely Voters Support Changing GRU Structure

More likely voters favor an independent panel of citizens appointed by City Commission

A Gainesville Area Chamber poll conducted in February shows 42 percent of likely Gainesville voters support changing the structure of GRU to an independent panel of citizens appointed by the Gainesville City Commission with 36 percent opposed and 22 percent unsure.

Governance Question: Generally speaking, would you support or oppose changing the structure of GRU to an independent panel of citizens appointed by the Gainesville City Commission?

GRU Change graph

“Poll results indicate that more likely Gainesville voters support changing the structure of GRU to an independent panel of citizens appointed by the City Commission,” said Kamal I. Latham, Vice President of Public Policy. “However, the decision belongs to the citizens of Gainesville and the poll that would really matter is a voter referendum.”

Key polling results also show that many people think GRU utility bills are too high. A supermajority of likely voters, 68 percent, think GRU utility bills are too high as compared to 24 percent who think they are about right.

Utility Bill Question: Compared to the services provided by GRU, do you think that utility bills from GRU are too high, too low, or about right?

GRU Change graph2

Methodology: The poll, conducted February 11-12, surveyed 400 likely Gainesville voters through live operator telephone interviews. Of those surveyed, 50 percent were Democrats, 42 percent were Republicans, and 8 percent were others. The margin of error was +/- 4.9 percent with a confidence level of 95 percent. Respondents were from a sample of registered voters who have voted in at least one of the past two presidential preference primary elections and in the 2014 general election.

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