South Wales and Dyfed-Powys police and crime commissioner survey results
Over half of people who took part in a new survey do not believe South Wales and Dyfed-Powys Police need a commissioner.
17.5 per cent of 135 people who completed our survey on www.thisissouthwales.co.uk said they believe their force needs the position.
The public will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15, to elect police and crime commissioners, powerful new posts that come with the ability to control police budgets, hire and fire chief constables and decide policing priorities.
There are four candidates in the South Wales Police election — Conservative Caroline Jones, Labour's Alun Michael, and two independents — Mike Baker and Tony Verderame.
The Dyfed-Powys Police election is between Christine Gwyther for Labour and Christopher Salmon for the Conservatives.
37.5 per cent of people who completed the survey said they won't be voting on Thursday.
Most respondents said they do not know who the candidates are, while over half said they do not understand the role.
Most respondents wanted the candidates to focus on anti-social behaviour, tougher sentencing and violent crime.
Many people said they believe force budget cuts will have an impact on policing in their area, with just 11.1 per cent of people saying they think the cuts will make the force leaner and more efficient.
Just 4.4 per cent of people who took part thought the commissioners should be paid more than the £65,000 Dyfed-Powys Police salary and £80,000 South Wales Police salary.
Many people said they would not be prepared to pay more council tax in order to address government funding cuts to Dyfed-Powys or South Wales Police.
75.7 per cent said they believe the role of the commissioner should not be political.