Tory remains favourite in mayoral race, has support of nearly 7 in 10 decided voters: poll
Published Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:33AM EDT Last Updated Thursday, March 22, 2018 11:39AM EDT
Mayor John Tory speaks in Toronto City Hall Chambers in this file file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim
October’s mayoral election appears to be John Tory’s to lose with nearly seven out of 10 decided voters saying that they would cast their ballots in his favour, a new poll has found.
The poll of 595 voters by Campaign Research pitted Tory against a pair of rumoured mayoral candidates.
The poll found that Tory has the support of 69 per cent of respondents compared to 10 per cent for Ward 27 Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam and nine per cent for activist and writer Desmond Cole. A further 12 per cent of respondents said that they would prefer “another candidate” for mayor.
It should be noted that Campaign Research is run by Nick Kouvalis, who served as Tory's campaign manager during the 2014 municipal election. Tory has not said whether Kouvalis will have a role in his 2018 campaign.
“We continue to see Torontonians overwhelmingly satisfied with Mayor Tory’s job performance,” Eli Yufest, CEO of Campaign Research Inc., said in a press release. “Mayor Tory is scoring very well across partisan lines. Doug Ford’s departure has significantly strengthened Tory’s support among PC voters.”
Tory’s support strong across political spectrum
The poll was the first one conducted following Doug Ford’s departure from the municipal race in order to seek the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party.
The poll found that 61 per cent of respondents approved of the job that Tory is doing as mayor while 22 per cent disapproved and 17 per cent said they weren’t sure.
Interestingly, Tory’s support was relatively consistently across the political spectrum with 70 per cent of those indicating that they would vote Liberal in the provincial election and 74 per cent of those planning to vote for the Tories provincially indicating their support for him. A further 65 per cent of voters who said they would vote for a NDP candidate in the Ontario election also planned to vote for Tory.
Wong-Tam’s support, meanwhile, was stronger among likely Liberal (16 per cent) and NDP voters (14 per cent) but virtually non-existent among those planning to vote for a Tory candidate in the provincial election (one per cent).
Candidates cannot actually register to run for mayor until May 1. So far Tory is the only person to say definitively that he is running.
The poll was conducted between March 12 and 14 and is considered accurate to within four percentage points, 19 times out of 20.