February 17, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives would earn the support of almost 1 in 4 voters if an election were held today as the Ontario Liberal Party and Ontario NDP battle for second place. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 1.95%, 19 times out of 20.
“The PCs are leading in most regions of the province but still lag in Toronto,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “In South West Ontario they are now in a virtual tie with the NDP, with the PCs at 39% and the NDP at 37% among decided and leaning voters. These are improved numbers for the Liberals, they are up 4% overall and continue to lead in the City of Toronto, but their regional number in the GTA (30%) would lead to a virtual wipe-out outside Toronto and Ottawa city limits.
“Most Ontarians continue to disapprove of the job Kathleen Wynne is doing as premier (18% approval, 65% disapproval), awarding high marks to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath (62% approval, 29% disapproval). Patrick Brown’s approval ratings have dropped but are still a healthy 47% approval compared to 31% disapproval.
“55% of Ontarians say US President Donald Trump’s economic policies will negatively impact Ontario’s auto sector. In South-West Ontario these numbers drop substantially where only 32% say Trump’s policies will have a negative impact (34% will not; 34% not sure). 69% of GTA residents say Trump’s policies will hurt, and 63% in Toronto say the same.”
“Perhaps underscoring the difficulty Premier Kathleen Wynne continues to face 55% of Ontarians say the provincial government has not taken any action in the last year to reduce electricity prices. As Ontario’s Liberals continue to look for ways to shed this albatross they will not only have to deliver a reduction in prices but will need to effectively communicate new policy to Ontarians if they want the political credit.”
”City of Toronto residents are the most likely to say that the province has been taking action on electricity bills (28%) while those in South Central Ontario are the least likely (14%),” finished Maggi.