Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Doug Ford moves into near tie with Tory: Poll for Toronto Mayor
A new Forum Research poll has Tory essentially tied with Doug Ford in the mayor's race.
The poll conducted on Monday shows Tory at 39% and Ford at 37% with less than three weeks to go until Election Day. Olivia Chow remains at the back of the frontrunner pack at 22% while only 2% said they were undecided or would vote for another mayoral candidate.
Tory shrugged off the poll.
"I think you learn just to sort of stay with your message, I'm talking about SmartTrack which I am proud of and enthused about and committed to," he said. "I'm talking about keeping taxes low and managing the city well. And most of all, a positive, one Toronto kind of approach to government and some stability so I'll carry on with that message and polls will come and polls will go."
Ford - who held a rally at Don Mills and Sheppard on Tuesday night - said the poll shows people are turning away from Tory's transit plan.
“I think it's very clear why that is happening. People are seeing John Tory's so-called pie-in-the-sky transit plan has holes all over the place," Ford said. "People don't want LRTs. They are proposing LRTs down this stretch out here in North York - it's unacceptable.”
Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow shrugged off the latest poll.
"Polls go up and down," Chow said.
The poll was an interactive voice response telephone survey of 1,218 Toronto residents. Forum considers the results accurate plus or minus 2.8%, 19 times out of 20.
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