If Ontario Liberals thought that the chaos within the PC party months before the election was great news, they aren’t anymore because a lot depends upon who is chosen to lead the PC party into the elections and now a new poll suggests ousting Patrick Brown as leader has given a boost to the Progressive Conservatives regardless of who wins the party’s leadership.
In Campaign Research’s first public opinion survey since Brown resigned as leader almost three weeks ago, all three Tory contenders are more popular than Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. There is voter fatigue that is quite evident.
The fact that there is so much excitement and speculation about who will eventually win the leadership contest that more voters are keeping an open mind. They are seriously listening and reading about what these hopefuls stand for.
The PC’s elect their new leader March 10, the pollster surveyed voter intent, testing the premier and her governing party against the three hopefuls.
Christine Elliott, a former MPP, was the most popular – 46 per cent of respondents would cast a ballot for a PC party led by her compared to 23 per cent for Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, 20 per cent for Wynne’s Liberals, and 7 per cent for Mike Schreiner’s Greens.
PC candidate Mulroney’s Tories were at 41 per cent compared to 25 per cent for Horwath’s NDP, 22 per cent for Wynne’s Liberals, and 8 per cent for Schreiner’s Greens.
Former Toronto councillor Ford’s PC party was at 39 per cent compared to 24 per cent apiece for Horwath’s NDP and Wynne’s Liberals, and 7 per cent for Schreiner’s Greens.
When no leaders’ names are surveyed, the Tories are at 43 per cent, the Liberals at 28 per cent, the NDP at 20 per cent, and the Greens are at 8 per cent.
The Campaign Research polls also reveal what most voters already know or suspect. Wynne’s personal approval rating hovers at 17 per cent, her disapproval rating is a whopping 69 per cent while 13 per cent aren’t sure.
NDP’s Andrea Horwath had 37 per cent approval, 18 per cent disapproval, and 45 per cent didn’t know.
Elliott had 32 per cent approval, 14 per cent disapproval, and 54 per cent didn’t know.
Ford had 29 per cent approval, 36 per cent disapproval, and 35 per cent didn’t know.
Mulroney had 27 per cent approval, 20 per cent disapproval, and 53 per cent didn’t know.
Can-India talked to several people about their views on the upcoming provincial elections and the general feeling is that they are seeking a change. One Liberal party supporter would prefer a leadership change. Another Liberal supporter would be open to flipping his vote in favor of the PC party depending on who is the leader and their position on several burning issues. – CINEWS