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John Tory clear front-runner among decided voters: Poll – Toronto

TORONTO – John Tory’s campaign to be Toronto’s next mayor is gaining momentum according to a new poll that says he would capture the support of 42 per cent of decided voters if the election were called right now.

The Nanos Research poll currently places Rob Ford at second with 28 per cent, Olivia Chow at 26 per cent, and David Soknacki at 3 per cent.

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The survey also reveals that Tory is strong across the City of Toronto except in Etobicoke where he is virtually tied with Ford.

Chow’s concentration of support remains in Old Toronto with 32 per cent and Ford in Etobicoke and Scarborough with 35 per cent respectively.

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The poll also showed that the most important issue facing Toronto is transit and gridlock which resonated with almost half (49 per cent) of the respondents.

A poll released last week by Forum Research revealed Tory was ahead with 34 per cent of voter support, Ford has 31 per cent and Chow is trailing with just 23 per cent.

When asked who was the most trustworthy candidate, 42 per cent of respondents picked John Tory, followed by Chow with 29 per cent and Rob Ford at 19 per cent.

Tory remains also remains ahead when those surveyed were asked who was most likely to control spending at city hall.

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The former provincial Progressive Conservative leader had 41 per cent support, Ford at 34 per cent and Chow at 15 per cent.

The Nanos Research telephone poll was conducted between Aug. 27 and 31 among 1,000 people with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.