JOHN TORY PULLS INTO LEAD IN TORONTO MAYORALTY RACE: POLL

Jul 08, 2014

By Scott Walker

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We begin with the Toronto mayoralty race.

The election is still almost four months away, but a new poll shows a shift in support. John Tory now has a solid lead in the race, and Mayor Rob Ford’s return from rehab hasn’t done anything to boost his rating.

The Nanos Research poll shows Tory leading with 39 per cent support. Olivia Chow is just below 33 per cent, and Rob Ford is just below 22 per cent.

David Socknaki and Karen Stintz continue to poll in low single digits.

The poll of 600 Toronto residents was conducted last week as Ford returned from two month in a rehab facility.

The survey also indicates that Ford’s room to grow is limited. Very few supporters of Tory and Chow listed Ford as their second choice. That supports previous polls in which a majority of respondents have said they would not vote for Ford under any circumstances.

The latest poll is considered accurate within four percentages points, 19 times out of 20.

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