May 26, 2023

By Jane Brown

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In one month, Monday June 26th, Toronto voters cast ballots in the mayoral byelection as polling continues to put Olivia Chow as the frontrunner.

“The Chow-mentum is back,” Mainstreet Research Pollster Quito Maggi explained,” So if something doesn’t change in the next week or two, it’s starting to look that way (that Chow will be the next mayor).”

Olivia Chow has the support of 35 percent of decided voters, while Ana Bailao has made a push with 16 percent support, Mark Saunders has 12 percent support, followed by Josh Matlow at 10 percent, with Anthony Furey at 9 percent and Brad Bradford at 6 percent.

But in the demographic most likely to vote, there is an interesting dynamic happening.

“If you look at voters over 65, for example, it’s 34 (percent) for Olivia Chow and 26 percent for Ana Bailao, which bodes well for Bailao’s campaign,” Maggi added.

As for issues important to Toronto voters, Maggi says 20 percent say the Gardiner Expressway should be maintained no matter the cost, mostly maintained with some redevelopments about 23 percent and 20 percent on tearing it down.

Maggi says in terms of infrastructure, subway, LRT and rail, almost 50 percent of those surveyed say that’s where Toronto should invest.

The polling suggests 20 percent of Toronto voters are still undecided.

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