tie persists in Ontario
Liberals have advantage in seats
30th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The
Forum Poll™ among 1028 Ontario voters, equal proportions, just more than a
third each, will vote for the Liberals (37%) or the Progressive Conservatives
(36%) if a provincial election were held today. These findings are very similar
to those noted at the end of last year (December 20, 2014, Liberals - 35%, PCs
- 36%). The NDP will take just less than a fifth of the vote (19%), stable from
last year (20%). Few will vote Green (6%) or for any other party (2%).
Liberal vote is common to younger voters (35 to 44 - 47%), the wealthiest
($100K to $250K - 51%), in the Toronto 416 area code (47%) and among the best
educated (post grad - 47%). The PC vote is characteristic of Gen X (45 to 54 -
42%) and seniors (42%), males (41%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 41%), in
southwestern Ontario (40%) and among those who didn’t finish college (42%). The
New Democrat vote is especially common to the youngest (26%), females (22%)
rather than males (16%), among the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 33%), in
northern Ontario (28%) and among the least educated (29%). Of note, 1-in-7 of
those who voted NDP in the recent election will vote Liberal this time around
(15%). One tenth will vote PC (8%), which is also the case among Liberals
Seat distribution favours Liberal, slim majority seen
results are projected up to seats in the current 107 seat Legislature, the
Liberals would take a two seat majority of 56 seats (down two from their tally
in the June election), while the PCs would capture 34, an increase since the
election from 28. The NDP would see a decrease to 17 seats from the 21 they
took in the election.
Neither Elliott nor MacLeod as leader improve PC fortunes
Elliott and Lisa MacLeod are tested in the voting preference question as PC
leaders. Neither does better than the generic party mention on this measure.
With Christine Elliott presented as leader, Liberal (36%) and PC (35%) stay
almost exactly the same, as is the NDP vote (21%). With MacLeod proposed as
leader, the PCs fall to less than a third (32%), the Liberals increase to
4-in-10 (40%) and the NDP remains stable (20%).
Wynne’s favourables up slightly
Wynne has the approval of 4-in-10 voters (40%), up from just more than a third
at the end of last year (37%), and her net favourable rating (approve minus
disapprove) is a slightly negative -7. Andrea Horwath (36% approval, net -3)
and Jim Wilson (22% approval, net -3) remain stable on this measure.
the Liberals and the PCs are neck and neck in the popular vote, the greater
efficiency of the distribution of Liberal support allows them to take more
seats than the opposition." said
Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
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