Are You “Very Happy” With the Police Services You Receive?
When polling firms conduct public opinion surveys they attempt to quantify and qualify their results in terms of the overall accuracy of the survey and how strongly respondents feel about a particular issue. When asked questions respondents are given response options like “strongly agree, agree, either agree or disagree, disagree or strongly disagree”. When doing surveys on satisfaction levels with a service being provided the terminology used is usually framed in terms such as “very happy, happy”, etc.
A recent poll conducted by Forum Research showed that in Winnipeg 25% of respondents were “very happy” with the services offered by the Winnipeg Police Service.
Nationally, 39% of respondents were “very happy” with the policing services they receive.
The current budget for policing in Winnipeg is around $200 million per annum. That is up approximately $50 million from 5 years ago.
One could argue that when it comes to policing, money does not necessarily buy ‘happiness’.