Sep 04, 2018

By Jane Brown

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Mayor John Tory’s main opponent is seeing a slight surge in support among Toronto voters, but not enough to put her close to the lead.

A new Forum Research poll suggests 35 percent of Toronto voters would cast a ballot for Jennifer Keesmaat, up from 30 percent a month ago.

The former chief city planner has been labelling Tory as inefficient and lacking vision.

But the mayor says he’s sticking to what he does best.

“She wants to be critical of me and that’s her right to do that. I’d rather focus on the things I want to do for the city, getting the transit built, actually ramping up our targets realistically on affordable housing, keeping taxes low. She’s had less to say about that,” Tory said of Keesmaat,”and more to say about me very critically in a personal manner…but I’ll just keep doing my job.”

The poll also reveals that those most likely to say they support John Tory are 55 to 64 years of age and live in North York or Etobicoke. Those most likely to say they support Jennifer Keesmaat are 35 to 44 years of age and live in East York or Scarborough.

John Tory’s high approval rating did not change from the end of July to the end of August. The Forum poll says 58 percent of respondents approve of his performance as mayor. Twenty four percent disapprove of Tory as mayor, down from 26 percent a month earlier.

Keesmaat jumped into the mayoral race just before the registration deadline at 2pm on July 27th, right after Premier Doug Ford announced his plan to cut Toronto’s wards from 47 to 25, legislation which is currently under a court challenge.

Mayor John Tory joins Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer on Monday between noon and 1pm.

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