Jun 23, 2023
By Jane Brown
We are starting the final weekend of the Toronto mayoral campaign with the byelection on Monday.
And we’re seeing a shifting dynamic in the poll numbers.
According to Mainstreet Research, Ana Bailao appears to be gaining on Olivia Chow in decided voter support.
Chow is polling at 30-percent, down 6 points from Tuesday. Ana Bailao has 22-percent support, a 9-point increase.
Could it be all the high profile endorsements Bailao has received recently which is propelling her numbers higher?
In the last week, she’s been endorsed by Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie, The Toronto Star and former mayor John Tory, who stepped down in disgrace in February.
Mainstreet’s Quito Maggi says it certainly appears the endorsements have been a positive for Bailao, but he says one thing is certain.
“It’s going to be the first female mayor since 1997, and I believe the mayor not born in Canada, a visible minority mayor as well, which I think is appropriate given Toronto is one of the most multicultural communities in the world,” Maggi told CP24.
Based on Mainstreet’s polling of nearly 1500 adults on Thursday, Anthony Furey is in third place with 13-percent support, followed by Mark Saunders at 12-percent.
In single digit support, Josh Matlow is at 9, Mitzie Hunter’s at 5 and Chloe Brown and Brad Bradford are tied at 2 percent each.