Crime and infrastructure were top issues among Winnipeggers surveyed in the CBC poll.

Crime is the most important issue Winnipeggers want the city's next mayor to address, an opinion poll conducted exclusively for CBC News has found.

Incumbent Mayor Sam Katz holds an 11 percentage point lead over rival Judy Wasylycia-Leis, the poll of 600 voters by Probe Research found.

The survey, conducted between June 8 and June 22, is considered accurate within plus or minus four per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Supporters of both Katz and Wasylycia-Leis identified crime as their primary concern, with 33 per cent of Katz's supporters and 28 per cent of Wasylycia-Leis's supporters saying the issue was top on their list.

Supporters of each candidate also agree the next mayor should address the state of Winnipeg's infrastructure (16 per cent of Wasylycia-Leis supporters and 16 per cent of Katz supporters) and the condition of city streets (14 per cent of Katz supporters and 11 per cent of Wasylycia-Leis supporters).

Eleven per cent of supporters for each candidate said rapid transit should be the top priority for the next mayor.

Those surveyed who say they plan to vote for Wasylycia-Leis were more likely to say poverty is the most important issue facing Winnipeg (17 per cent versus 9 per cent of those who plan to vote for Katz).

Six per cent of Wasylica-Leis supporters as opposed to just one per cent of Katz supporters feel "transparency" or "open and honest government" at City Hall is the No. 1 issue.

Those intending to vote for Katz, on the other hand, are more likely to urge their candidate to focus on economic development (11 per cent versus 5 per cent of Wasylycia-Leis supporters) and hiring more police officers (7 per cent versus one percent of those among Wasylycia-Leis supporters.


A majority of Conservative Party supporters back Katz. A majority of NDP supporters back Wasylycia-Leis.