The non-political Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein, responded to the government's consultation of elected mayors by stating that such a position was not suitable for Manchester. Some analysts and local business leaders have stated their opposition to a mayoral system of local governance in Manchester and have stated the progress Manchester has made over the past 20 years that shows the current system is adequate.
A poll of Mancunians in April 2012 found a majority preferred the current system rather than a mayoral system of local government. The poll also found however that a majority would favour a mayor for the wider Greater Manchester region which include 10 metropolitan boroughs with a combined population of over 2.6 million.
Amongst the local political parties, the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Manchester City Council publicly declared his support for the proposals, whilst the Manchester Evening News reported that many Labour politicians were "quietly opposed to change".
|Manchester Mayoral referendum 2012|