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Centre for Cities / 2017 Mayoral Research

Survey of adults in Greater Manchester, Liverpool city-region, Sheffield city-region, the North East, Tees Valley and the West Midlands on perceptions of the 2017 elections for mayor in these city-regions, on behalf of Centre for Cities

  • Whereas approaching half of adults in the Manchester, Liverpool and North East city-regions say they were familiar with the plans to introduce a new Mayor, this is lower in the West Midlands city-region, and especially in the Sheffield city-region.
  • The provision of healthcare is consistently identified as the most important priority for politicians across city-regions at the moment.
  • Adults across city-regions tend to identify broadly consistent priorities for their mayors in the first 100 days. Developing plans to build or commission affordable housing, creating a city-region strategic plan, and developing plans to invest in rail and road networks within the city-region are generally seen the most important priorities – though to a slightly lesser extent in the Manchester city-region.
  • A majority of adults in each city-region agree that their respective new Mayor should have greater powers than local council leaders.


Date Published: 12/05/2016

Categories: GB | Politics | Public and communities

Client: Centre for Cities


ComRes interviewed 2,538 British adults online within the wider ‘city-regions’ of Manchester (n=506), Sheffield (n=504), Liverpool (n=503), North East (n=511) and West Midlands (n=514) between 8th and 18th April 2016. ComRes also interviewed a representative sample of 300 British adults online within the wider ‘city-region’ of Tees Valley between 25th April and 3rd May 2016. Respondents were sampled to be representative by age and gender of adults aged 18+ living in their respective city-region. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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