Poll: Nearly half of Torontonians disapprove Ford's plans to cut size of city council

Jul 30 2018, 2:43 pm

A new poll from Forum Research has found almost half of Torontonians oppose Ford’s plan to slash city council.

This new public opinion poll follows after the new Ford government announced its plans to cut Toronto City Council size in half from 45 to 25 to reduce the size and cost of operations.

The poll found that about half of Torontonians (47%) say they disapprove of Ford’s plans to reduce the size of Toronto city council, while a third (35%) says they’re in favour of the ward reduction.

The remaining 19% of survey respondents say they were neutral on the idea or don’t know how to feel about it.

Meanwhile, about half (47%) of respondents say they disapprove of Ford’s performance as premier, with 4 in 10 (40%) saying they approve. About one-sixth (14%) say they do not know.

The poll also found that almost three-quarters of respondents (70%) say they would support John Tory if an election were held today, while about one third (30%) say they would support the newly announced candidate Jennifer Keesmaat.

Moreover, the poll revealed that the PC’s lead in Toronto by a wide margin, with almost 4 in 10 (41%) saying they support Ford’s tories.

One quarter (28%) say they support the NDP, while another quarter (23%) say they support the Liberals. Few (6%) say they support the Greens, while (2%) say they support another party.

“It looks like what was expected to be a somewhat boring municipal election will become contentious after all, with an unexpected challenger to Mayor Tory, and a newfound interest by Queen’s Park in Municipal politics,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research.

“What’s undeniable is that 2018 will be a year to remember in Ontario politics.”

The Forum Poll was based on the results from an interactive voice response telephone survey of 1328 randomly selected Toronto Voters. The poll was conducted July 27, 2018.

Results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, 19 times out of 20, and the survey included both landlines and cell phones.

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