PC lead shrinks further in Ontario
Slim minority for PCs seen
28th, 2016 - In a random sampling of public
opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1157 Ontario voters, just fewer than
4-in-10 will vote for the Progressive Conservatives (39%), while just fewer
will vote Liberal (34%) giving the opposition party a 5 point lead. One fifth
will vote NDP (21%) and few will vote Green (5%) or for other parties (2%).
These results are in comparison with last month, when the PCs had a 10 point
lead over the Liberals (March 26, PC - 40%, Liberals - 30%). Among those who
voted Liberal in 2014, significant proportions will vote either PC or NDP this time
around (13% each). By the same token, a similar proportion of past NDP voters
will support the Liberals this time (14%).
Near majority seen for PCs
If these results are
projected up to the 107 seat Legislature, the PCs would take 53, 1 seat less
than required for a majority. In turn, the Liberals would capture 33 seats and
the NDP 21 seats.
Wynne, Brown have static approvals, Horwath favourables decline
Premier Wynne has the
approval of just one fifth (20%) of voters and her net favourable score (approve
minus disapprove) is a very negative, but stable, -47. Patrick Brown has the
approval of just more than a quarter (27%) and his net score is a neutral +3
(due to the high level of voters who don’t know him enough to have an opinion -
48%). Andrea Horwath, on the other hand, has seen her consistently high
approvals decay, from close to 4-in-10 in February (38%) to just more than a
third last month (35%) and less than a third now (32%). Her net score is a
neutral to positive +4, just down from +9 last month.
Of note, more than a third
of Liberal voters do not approve of Premier Wynne (38%), while one seventh of
PC voters do not support their Leader (14%). Among NDP voters, a similar
proportion disapproves of the leader (13%).
Patrick Brown still preferred as Premier
Patrick Brown is seen as
the leader who would make the best Premier (24%), while Wynne and Horwath are
matched on this measure (15% each). The largest single group sees none of these
three as a good premier (28%).
“Premier Wynne and Patrick
Brown continue to underperform their parties in terms of voter approval, while
Ms Horwath outperforms the NDP. Even so, Horwath’s usually sterling approval
ratings have been starting to slip lately," said Forum Research President, Dr.
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