Is the Liverpool mayoral campaign engaging the electorate?
One of the most common arguments made in favour of elected city mayors is that they promote both greater democratic engagement and more direct democratic accountability.
Supporters of elected mayors say that voters are far more likely to know the name of an elected mayor than a council leader (there is some evidence to support this) and that directly electing a city leader generates greater interest in local elections, driving up turnout (there is no evidence to support this).
Among those of us who have followed the Liverpool mayoral election closely, there seems to be a consensus that the campaign has been a low-key one so far.
But what do the voters make of it?
I'm trying to get some indication of how engaged electors are with the campaign so far using a very short on-line survey. If you are a Liverpool resident and eligible to vote, I'd be grateful for your feedback. The survey is anonymous, only takes a few minutes to complete and does not ask about who you might vote for.
Please follow this link if you'd like to take part. I'll post the results and some analysis on this blog when I have enough responses.