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  • JT
    October 10, 2011 - 18:43

    rural areas already geat the lions share of provincial government spending, so those in rural areas need to consider what it is they want. Do they want even more of the pie? People who live in the heavilly populated areas are sick of all the special attention the rural dwellers get. In addition the the lopsided government spending, those in rural areas also get preferantial treatment with EI.

  • ranter
    October 10, 2011 - 17:40

    Voter turn out will be record lows. Hence why the PC have a chance. People need to realize that staying home is actually a vote for the PC. They will win by proxy and make it appear as though people/province voted them in. Just like what happened to Harper. Only Con voters went and voted. So get out there and vote on election day. Otherwise your voting for the current government to WIN. If you don't believe me, just watch tues!

  • ranter
    October 10, 2011 - 10:32

    Voter turn out will be record lows. Hence why the PC have a chance. People need to realize that staying home is actually a vote for the PC. They will win by proxy and make it appear as though people/province voted them in. Just like what happened to Harper. Only Con voters went and voted. So get out there and vote on election day. Otherwise your voting for the current government to WIN. If you don't believe me, just watch tues!

  • Too Silly
    October 09, 2011 - 15:10

    Of course SJ fares better and it should. It contains about 40% of the total population, twice that of the entire west coast and Labrador combined. Obviously government spending will favor SJ because of it's population base. Also, because of it' size it's economy is more diversified and businesses offer more services and products. The young are attracted to the action in SJ that isn't available in small towns that are based on single resource economy.

  • Robert Kirby
    October 09, 2011 - 07:15

    Any poll taken of political views is the best proof I know of regarding the importance and power of the "Secret Ballet". Ask anyone running in this current election what really matters.

  • GFW
    October 08, 2011 - 23:07

    This article sums up the problems for people living outside the overpass. Stop reading polls and opinions from the majority or participants of the province that live on the Avalon. Visit the rural areas and take a real interest in the problems that people are facing, instead of making decisions from people that dont live here. Politicians from st johns can't see the Island for the Overpass!!

  • Linda White
    October 08, 2011 - 21:04

    More importantly, isn't that beautiful downtown Greenspond on the left?

  • Mindy
    October 08, 2011 - 17:40

    The Urban/Rural Divide is everywhere in our country....larger populated areas are going to benifit more so than a small community of 500/1000 people. That is why thye call it a "CITY". You sure do not need a poll to understand this.

  • Mark
    October 08, 2011 - 11:21

    What's the value of a poll in which respondents living in place x give their impressions of life in place y or z?

  • Cyril Rogers
    October 08, 2011 - 11:19

    Any way you slice it, these polls do confirm an urban rural divide, not only in the perception that urban areas are faring better and certainly in terms of actual support for the PC's. If you remove Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook and Goose Bay from tihs equation, I have no doubt that small rural communities will show much levels of higher discontent. These larger towns represent more urbanization to rural people and have become service areas, often because services were and continue to be removed from smaller towns. When so many small towns are struggling to provide even the most basic of services, have to constantly plead with the government for a few dollars to replace aging infrastructure, and don't see any long-term planning other than empty platitudes, then you have a huge disconnect.

  • Fintip
    October 08, 2011 - 10:27

    When you report on a poll of this nature, you might at least include the text of the question posed. Alyward was probably off base when he accused a PC-friendly polster of concocting the results. Nevertheless, polsters can and sometimes do distort results by phrasing questions in a manner designed to elicit an answer favourable to their clients. In this case, for example, a question that asks whether rural areas have benefited from oil and gas is likely to elict a different response than one that asks whether the benefits to rural areas are less than, equal to, or more than those in the St. John's metro area. Sample size and distribution are also open to question. Oil and gas revenues give the province far more latitude to restrain taxation, invest in infrastructure, and engage in social programming - all of which can be designed to benefit the province as a whole. But you don't need to be an economist to recognize the extent to which St. John's and environs have fared disproportionately well from this industry. There may be nothing inherently wrong with that. But even a cursory examination of the available statistics will show, for example, that the rate of unemployment in small (rural) communities is somewhere in the range of 40% versus 6% or so in St. John's. But aside from the urban/rural divide, there is the rich and poor divide. This is something alluded to recently by church groups. Whether they live in urban or rural Newfoundland, there are unquestionably a substantial number of people who are adversely impacted in some ways by oil and gas. The elderly, the ill, the unskilled, and others living on fixed or low incomes for example have watched their buying power shrink in the face of petro-induced inflation. While many Newfoundlanders are doing exceptionally well from oil and other natural resource activities, others are struggling to stay afloat. This is the experience of almost all major oil and gas regions throughout the world. Governments were well aware in advance of this side-effect of rapid economic growth but, it can be argued, took very few pains to avoid it. The bottom line is that we need journalist and newspapers that are prepared to dig a little deeper and apply a bit more rigor to such issues, rather than merely accepting the often questionable, sometimes self-serving assessments of others.

  • RantRoar
    October 08, 2011 - 09:21

    Another Term of the PC's and the lights will go out in rural NL. Just remember on tuesday who stood next to Harper with backs turned on this province's future. After all the broken promises, its hard to fathom how people can vote PC! Stupidity or plain ignorance to facts I guess.

  • Joseph McGrath
    October 08, 2011 - 09:12

    I am sick of these polls that in reality mean nothing to me or anyone else.When a candidate/party is elected the primary factor is MONEY. The sphere of influence for setting policy is centered around/about MONEY...MEGA-MONEY. MONEY will adjust and adapt to any political stripe. THAT is 'How' the Worm-Turns. As an aside...the aim is to provide the perception... the warm and fruzzy feeling to the VOTERS that someone is showing concern about 'ems. Nothing new here Folks!!!

  • Bill
    October 08, 2011 - 08:54

    There will always be an urban rural divide in NL just as there exists an urban rural divide in most other provinces. It is a function of the geography that the densest populations are in the urban areas. While the benefits appear to be coming to the Avalon, the influx of business to the business center of the province brings a better tax base to the entire province. it is up to Government to invest its money wisely. The current issue is that it appears that not enough energy is being spent investing in projects fir rural areas.

  • John Smith
    October 08, 2011 - 08:25

    80 cents out of every infrastucture dollar was spent outside the overpass. Time to spend some of that inside the overpass methinks.