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Residents of the new city of Hamilton say the citys own employees would do a better job than private contractors hired by the city.

In a poll conducted by Vector Research for CUPE 5167, two out of three people across the new city say that public employees would do a better job of running sewage treatment, collecting garbage, and maintaining the quality of drinking water.

The findings are consistent for all eight of the public services measured in the poll.

Residents were also clear that the Transition Board set up by the province to guide the municipal restructuring process should not have the power to make binding decisions. By a margin of three to one they say the Board should just make recommendations and let the new city council make those decisions.

Support for public delivery was highest for water (67 per cent), sewage treatment (65 per cent), residential garbage collection (63 per cent) and taking care of the elderly (60 per cent).