Leading Candidates Now Tied
TORONTO JULY 21th, 2014 – In
a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1063 Toronto
voters, roughly equal proportions will vote for each of the three leading
candidates in the full five-way Toronto mayoral race, whereas Olivia Chow
prevails when only the main contenders run. Meanwhile, John Tory has a solid
lead in candidate approval.
Leading Candidates Tie Vote
In the five way match-up, considering
the five main contenders, Chow (29%), Tory (28%) and Ford (27%) all draw equal
levels of support, while Karen Stintz (6%) and David Soknacki (5%) are not
serious contenders. Very few have no opinion in this race (4%) or would vote
for some other candidate (1%). The Ford voter is younger, has a lower income,
lives in Scarborough or Etobicoke/York and is a provincial PC voter. The Chow
supporter is younger, lower income, lives in the downtown and is a provincial
NDP supporter. The Tory voter is oldest, wealthier, lives in Etobicoke/York or
North York and votes Liberal provincially.
When just the three leading candidates
are tested, Olivia Chow prevails (35%) against John Tory (32%) and Rob Ford
(27%). Few choose someone else (2%) or are unsure (3%).
Tory Has Highest Approvals
Among those aware of him (93%), John
Tory enjoys the approval of two thirds (67%), compared to just more than half
for Chow (54% approval out of 96% awareness). Karen Stintz (44% approval) and
David Soknacki (48%) have approval levels just below Chow's, but they are less
well-known (85% and 66% awareness, respectively). Rob Ford, on the other hand,
has the approval of just one third (33%). Since we last polled (July 2), Tory's
approvals have increased (from 63%), Chow's have declined (from 57%). Approvals
for Stintz, Soknacki and Ford are generally stable.
Ford Nation Stabilizes
Just less than three-in-ten will vote
for Ford with no other candidates named (28%), and this is considered the
measure of "Ford Nation", which stood at one quarter (25%) last
month. Ford nation comprises the youngest (35%), males (34%), the least wealthy
(44%), in Scarborough (38%), the least educated (42%), provincial PC voters (46%)
and those of Caribbean ethnic background (59% - caution, small base size).
6-In-10 Call for Ford to Resign
Just less than 6-in-10 voters think
Rob Ford should resign (59%) and this is down slightly from the beginning of
the month (62%).
"It appears that Rob Ford is not
going away anytime soon, but neither has he been able to maintain his pre-rehab
levels of popularity, even among the demographic groups we know are sympathetic
to him. John Tory, once a second place contestant, is now in the front ranks,
but it appears advantage is still to Chow," said Forum Research President,
Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
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