Opinion shifts away from road tolls

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Opinion shifts away from road tolls

But opinion split on Wynne’s move to block toll proposal

Toronto, February 08th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll among 1,090 Toronto voters, opinion has shifted away from approval for road tolls (43%) on city owned highways, toward disapproval (48%), with (9%) saying they don’t know. This shift represents a modest change from November when (46%) approved of road tolls and (45%) disapproved.

Those most likely to disapprove of road tolls are aged 35-44 (60%), earn an income of $60,000-$80,000 (63%), and travel to work by car (58%). Those most likely to approve of road tolls are 55-64 (54%), earn over $100,000 (54%), and have a post-graduate education (61%).

Reversal no clear win for Wynne

Despite the majority now disapproving of the plan to institute road tolls on the DVP and Gardiner expressways, a slim majority (within the margin of error) of respondents disapprove (43%) of Kathleen Wynne’s decision to deny the proposal, while (42%) approve.

Disapproval was common to those between 55-64 (57%), males (46%), and the most wealthy (54%).

Approval was common to those aged 35-44 (48%), those earning $60,000-$80,000 (62%), and those that drive to work (51%).


“With public opinion shifting negatively toward road tolls, one could assume that support for preventing them would be strong; however, opinion on the Premier’s decision to block them is mixed at best,” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

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