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Bridge views split: Survey

If you’re young and you live in the city core, you probably want a third bridge.


If you’re young and you live in the city core, you probably want a third bridge.

But if you’re over 55, you’re more likely to worry it’s going to send your taxes through the roof.

A new poll released yesterday by Corporate Research Associates suggests support overall for a third harbour crossing — either a bridge or a tunnel — is mixed. Forty-eight per cent of the 401 people surveyed either completely or mostly oppose a new crossing, while 46 per cent either completely or mostly support it.

Break that down by age or location of residence, though, and things get less murky. Only 32 per cent of those over 55 support a third crossing, while 56 per cent of those 18 to 34 and 49 per cent of 35 to 54-year-olds support it.

CRA president Don Mills says it’s all about whether you use the bridge or not.

“People in the 55 and over category are less likely to be working. They see it, and they say ‘that’s going to put my taxes up, and I don’t have the ability to pay for that’,” Mills said.

A study prepared for the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission and released in late March sug­gested HRM will need a third harbour crossing by 2016. It would cost between $1.1 billion and $1.4 billion.

CRA surveyed 401 adults between May 2 and 12. Results are considered accurate to within 4.9 percentage points, 95 times out of 100.

-rachel.boomer@metronews.ca


 
 
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