Press release: Poll shows climate is Guelph voters top issue

September 9, 2021

Media Contact: 

Alex Chapman, Executive Director, Our Energy Guelph Cell: (226) 979-2417



Climate is Guelph voters’ top issue 

3 out of 4 adults want Guelph to be a climate leader

In a Mainstreet Research poll of Guelph residents released today, climate emerged as the top issue determining the votes of adults in the community.  98% said they planned to vote, and 71% said they have already made up their minds about which party they plan to vote for. 

Voters chose climate significantly more often than any other issue as “the most important issue in determining their vote” (27%), followed by health (21%). Jobs and the economy tied with pandemic response for third place, with 18% of the poll respondents choosing one of these as their top issue. 

Interestingly, women choose climate as their most important issue about 50% more often than men did. Seniors 65+ and 35-49 year olds were much more likely to make climate their #1 issue compared to people in the 18-34 and 50-64 age categories.  

The poll also asked Guelph voters if they thought that “Guelph should be a leader in its response to climate change”. A whopping 73% said “yes”.  

When the poll was taken (September 3 to 5), voters said they thought the Liberal Party of Canada had the best plan to address climate change (37%), followed by the Conservatives (17%), NDP (13%) and Green Party (6%). 

A virtual town hall election event at 7PM on Tuesday, September 14th will give Guelph voters a chance to evaluate the differences between all four leading local candidates on the climate change issue.  ( Social issues like health care will also be in focus. Moderated by Guelph Politico’s Adam Donaldson, the event is being hosted by three local nonpartisan groups: Democracy Guelph, Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice and Guelph Wellington Climate Coalition (Our Energy Guelph is a member of the Climate Coalition).

Poll Methodology

The analysis in this report is based on results of a survey conducted on September 3rd - 5th, 2021 among a sample of 599 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in the federal electoral district of Guelph. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart Interactive Voice Response) and online samples. In the case of telephone interviews, respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Guelph.

As this survey used non-probability sampling to collect this sample, a margin of error cannot be applied to this sample. However, the margin of error for a probability sample of this size would be +/- 4% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample.

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding.

About Our Energy Guelph

Our Energy Guelph is a community-led, municipally-resourced, not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to make Guelph a net zero carbon community by 2050. 


To view the complete Mainstreet Research report, click here.