Two Thirds Want Marathons, etc., Off City Streets

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Two Thirds Want Marathons, etc., Off City Streets

Most approve of holding marches, parades and marathons in city parks

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 757 Toronto voters, two thirds approve of holding marathons, marches, walkathons and festivals in city parks rather than closing city streets (68%), while just one fifth disapprove of this solution (20%). Disapproval of restricting these activities to parks is common to the less wealthy (23%), in the downtown (25%) and East York (30%), those with children (23%), the best educated (post grad - 26%), Olivia Chow voters (34%) and among those who commute by bike or walk (47% and 30%, respectively: caution - small base sizes). In contrast, when we last asked this two years ago, fewer wanted marathons held in parks (July, 2014 - 55%) whil one quarter disapproved (24%).

“Torontonians support these activities, most of which benefit charity, I’m sure, but they don’t see the need to impede public travel to accommodate them. Furthermore, they are less patient now than two years ago" 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.