Six in Ten Have Seen Rats in Toronto

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Six In Ten Have Seen Rats In Toronto

Most commonly sighted in downtown and Scarborough

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 868 Toronto adults, slightly more than 6-in-10 say they have seen a rat in the city (61%), while 4-in-10 have not (39%). Incidence of having seen rats is most common to younger respondents (35 to 44 - 70%) but not so much to the oldest (53%), the wealthier ($80K to $100K - 68%), in East York (67%) and the old city of York (68%), the best educated (post grad - 66%), cyclists (69%) and Rob Ford voters (66%).

Rats most commonly seen downtown

In total, 3-in-10 Torontonians have seen rats downtown (29%), while about one tenth have seen them in Scarborough (8%). While close to one half of those living downtown have seen rats there (46%), incidence of seeing rats by residents of other Toronto regions in their neighbourhoods varies between a quarter and a third.

“It is interesting to see that the youngest and the oldest are less likely to have seen rats in Toronto than those in the Generation X age band. This may speak to an era when rats were more common in Toronto, especially downtown" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.