Tory, Chow stable from prior polls
12th, 2014 - In
a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1228 Toronto
voters on the remarkable day when Rob Ford withdrew from the Toronto mayoral
race due to illness and was replaced by his brother, more than one third (34%)
will vote for Doug Ford, while just more than 4-in-10 will vote John Tory
(41%). Olivia Chow has the support of just one fifth (19%). Few would vote for
someone else (3%) or do not have an opinion (3%). This stands in contrast to
our previous poll of September 8, when John Tory had 4-in-10 votes (40%) to
less than 3-in-10 for the Mayor (28%) and one fifth for Chow (21%). Of note, Doug
Ford's support increased from just one third (33%) before 7:00 PM this evening
to more than this (36%) after he began addressing the public at 7:00 PM.
the event it becomes a two-person race, more than half would vote for John Tory
(52%) to 3-in-10 for Olivia Chow (29%).
Tory leads in approval, Doug and Rob Ford trail
three candidates are known to more than 9-in-10 voters, and among these, two
thirds approve of John Tory (66%), one half approve of Olivia Chow (47%) and
somewhat fewer approve of Doug Ford (42%). This is in contrast to his brother
Rob, who received an approval rating of one third (34%) a week ago. In
what is clearly a sympathetic response to his illness, 4-in-10 voters now
approve of Rob Ford (40%).
Ford Nation is one third of voters
we ask the voting question with no other contenders (the Ford Nation question)
for Doug Ford, one third respond affirmatively (34%), and this is an increase
from his brother's last result at 3-in-10 (29%). Of those who approve of Rob
Ford, 8-in-10 (80%) will vote Doug in October and are members of Ford Nation,
and this must be considered a very successful transference of political
loyalty. Once again, the proportion saying yes to this question increased after
7:00 PM, when Doug Ford made his public announcement (from 33% to 36%).
"Doug has the advantage of
entering the campaign late and not having a record of four years as mayor to
defend. He can take the weekend, regroup and announce policy on Monday, when
people are ready to listen. He appears to have swept up virtually all of Ford
Nation with him, so we see no reason why he won't continue to do as well, or
even outperform the mayor, at least for the first weeks of the new campaign.
Six weeks is forever in politics, as we learned this week, and Doug has time to
shine or stumble," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is
the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (416) 960-9603.