02/04/2013 10:10 EST | Updated 04/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Majority of Montrealers mistrust city leaders, poll suggests

A CROP poll sponsored by Radio-Canada suggests people living in Quebec City are much happier with their municipal leaders compared to citizens of Montreal.

The online poll, which was answered by 1,000 people between Jan. 16 and 21, 2013, suggests 41 per cent of Montrealers trust their city leaders, compared to 86 per cent of respondents living in Quebec City.

CROP vice-president Sylvain Gauthier said he has never come across such large disparities in the polls his company conducts.

The poll also suggests 38 per cent of Montrealers feel their city is well-managed. In Quebec, 86 per cent of respondents said they are happy with the way the city handles its dossiers.

This is not the first time Quebec Mayor Régis Labeaume has received praise for his accomplishments. The City Mayors Foundation ranked him fourth-best mayor in the world last year.

"Up to now, Mr. Labeaume is a very bright, very honest person," said Michel Nadeau, the executive director of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations.

Pierre Hamel, a sociology professor at the University of Montreal, said he believes the Charbonneau commission's focus on Montreal has affected the citizens' perception of their leaders.