Memorandum by New Journal Enterprises
Please find the results of a survey carried
out in the Camden New Journal between 11 and 25 March 1999 inclusive,
which we feel are relevant to the committee's considerations and
which we would like to submit as evidence.
The results of the survey, which had 1,018 responses,
were presented to the Mayor of Camden on May 18.
The Camden New Journal is a weekly paper with
a circulation of 54,000. The survey took the form of a printed
questionnaire asking three questions:
(1) Whether the reader supported the changes
outlined in Camden council's consultation document Make Your
Mark (you have already accepted this document as evidence,
it proposed a leader and cabinet system).
(2) Whether the council should allow more
time to debate the changes.
(3) If the reader wanted a referendum before
any changes were made.
The raw results are:
Ninety-seven per cent of all respondents in favour
of a referendum.
Eighteen per cent did not receive the Make
Your Mark document.
Ninety-four per cent of those who received the
Make Your Mark document opposed the changes outlined in
Six per cent of those who received the document
supported the changes.
Ninety-seven of all respondents wanted more time
Percentage figures have been rounded to the
nearest whole number.
These figures are broken down from:
Seven hundred and sixty-eight said they did not
support the changes outlined in the Make Your Mark document.
These respondents did not want more time for debate, and called
for a referendum.
One hundred and eighty-one had not received the
consultation document, but wanted more time for debate and wanted
Seven people did not support the changes, they
did not want more time to consider, but did want a referendum.
Four people did not support the changes, did
not want more time for debate and did not want a referendum.
Nine people did not support the changes, did
want more time for debate but did not want a referendum.
Thirty-two did support the suggested changes.
But they also wanted more time to debate and a referendum.
Seventeen people agreed with the changes, did
not want more time for discussion and did not want a referendum.