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Thumbs Down For Union Payouts

November 3, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds Ontarians strongly disapprove of the Government’s handling of teacher negotiations. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 1.96 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

“Ontarians are closely following the province’s negotiations with teachers and they do not like what they see,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “72% of Ontarians say they are following stories about the teachers negotiations.”

The poll found Ontarians disapprove of the government’s negotiations and especially disapprove of the government offsetting the costs of negotiations to teachers unions.

“58% disapprove of the negotiations in general, 71% are opposed to defraying the costs of negotiations to unions, these are some very strong numbers. Recently we’ve heard new messaging that unions will need to submit receipts to be reimbursed, and also that no money has yet been paid out, whether those messages will resonate moving forward remains to be seen but for now Ontarians are not impressed,” finished Maggi.

“Looking at the provincial horserace there has not been a lot of movement. The NDP are up slightly (+1%) and the Liberals are down slightly (-2%) which is within the margin of error. The Greens and are PCs holding steady for now at 5% and 31% respectively,” finished Maggi.

ABOUT MAINSTREET
Mainstreet is a national public research firm. With 20 years of political experience at all three levels of government, President and CEO Quito Maggi is a respected commentator on Canadian public affairs.

Differentiated by its large sample sizes, Mainstreet Research has provided accurate snapshots of public opinion, having predicted a majority NDP government in Alberta, a majority Liberal government in British Columbia and a majority Liberal government in Ontario. Mainstreet has been the most accurate polling firm in several by elections and the most recent Toronto mayoral election. Most recently, Mainstreet was the only polling firm to correctly predict a Liberal majority government in the 2015 federal election.

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Mainstreet – Ontario October 2015