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If elec­tion were held Sun­day, Lib­er­als would lose, poll shows

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Al­most half of On­tario vot­ers dis­ap­prove of Doug Ford as leader of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives, but the party is still poised to win a ma­jor­ity in the up­com­ing pro­vin­cial elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to a new pub­lic opin­ion poll.

Of the 923 On­tario vot­ers sur­veyed Sun­day by the Fo­rum Poll, 48 per cent said they dis­ap­prove of Doug Ford, 36 per cent said they ap­prove and 16 per cent said they don’t know.

If an elec­tion were held on Sun­day, the Lib­er­als would lose, se­cur­ing only 23 per cent of the vote, or 11 seats, ac­cord­ing to the poll. The New Democrats would come in sec­ond, with 27 per cent, and the PCS would win with 44 per cent.

“It seems that On­tar­i­ans are not so much ac­cept­ing Doug Ford and his lead­er­ship as they are re­ject­ing the other al­ter­na­tives,” said Lorne Bozi­noff, president of Fo­rum Re­search.

The PCS need to se­cure 40 per cent of votes to win a ma­jor­ity, and they should be con­cerned about hav­ing Ford as their leader, Bozi­noff said.

“Doug Ford is a di­vi­sive fig­ure,” he said. “His dis­ap­proval rat­ing is al­ready high and he has been leader for only a day.”

Re­sults based on the to­tal sam­ple are con­sid­ered ac­cu­rate, plus or mi­nus three per­cent­age points, 19 times out of 20.

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