Toronto public split on hybrid vs boulevard

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Ahmed Alkoka

Toronto public split on hybrid vs boulevard

Boulevard favoured only in downtown

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 822 Toronto voters, almost equal proportions, between 4-in-10 and one half, prefer either the hybrid option for the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway (46%) or the boulevard option (42%). One tenth don’t have an opinion (12%).

The hybrid option is more strongly preferred among boomers (55 to 65 - 49%), residents of East York (59%), York (55%) and Scarborough (55%), Doug Ford voters from the last mayoral elections (58%), Conservative voters federally (59%), those who approve of Rob Ford (58%) and those who approve of Mark Saunders as police chief (51%).

In turn, the boulevard option is more strongly preferred by the oldest (45%), middle income brackets ($60K to $80K - 54%), the very wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 55%), downtown Toronto (53%) and among those who voted for Olivia Chow (65%).

“We are told that city council is almost evenly split on this choice, with a bit more weight on the hybrid side. Well, that is exactly how the city feels about it, so councilors must rely on their own judgment on this issue, rather than any clear statement of preference from voters," 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.