Only quarter of Torontonians think Wynne should win: Poll

By Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne walks down the hall from her office to the Ontario Liberal Caucus meeting at Queen's Park in Toronto on August 17, 2017. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne walks down the hall from her office to the Ontario Liberal Caucus meeting at Queen's Park in Toronto on August 17, 2017. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO - 

Yet another political poll finds Kathleen Wynne won’t be winning a popularity contest in Toronto any time soon.

And she and the Liberals certainly won’t be winning any elections, according to a Newstalk 1010 poll by DART Insight and Communications.

Only 25% of Toronto residents think Wynne and the Liberals deserve another term in office, while 75% of those polled think it’s time for a change in Ontario.

Those in the 25% that still believe in Wynne tend to hail from the downtown and North York areas of the city, according to the poll of 814 respondents.

Given that Toronto is traditionally a Liberal stronghold, the fact that only 11% of those polled would definitely vote for Wynne and the Liberals in next year’s provincial election is an eye-opener.

And a whopping 44% say they will absolutely not be voting for Wynne and the Liberals in next June’s election.

However, the lousy 11% support figure must be taken with a grain of salt, because many in Ontario reserve the right to change their minds up until the election happens.

Nearly half of those polled, 45%, said they are still open to voting for Wynne and the Liberal Party, depending upon what the campaign brings.

That perhaps reflects a certain lack of confidence in Patrick Brown’s Conservatives; although Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario NDP party, is more popular than Brown or Wynne (according to recent polls).

That 45% still open to voting Liberal — depending upon what the election campaign brings — are mostly younger (49%) and middle-aged women (47%), mostly university educated (49%) and are regular transit users (52%)

The DART Insight poll was conducted Sept. 16-19 and is considered accurate within 3.9%, 19 times out of 20.