In the benchmark Ontario-wide wave of the Campaign Research Poll, a randomly sampled, representative telephone survey of national, provincial and municipal issues, slightly more disapprove of tolling public highways to raise money for transit and transportation infrastructure (46%) than approve of this method of public financing (43%) - an almost even split in opinion. One tenth of voters don’t have an opinion (11%). Disapproval of tolling roads is common to the young mid-aged (35 to 44 - 52%), the least wealthy (less than $20K - 58%, $20K to $40K - 61%), the GTA surrounding Toronto (53%), and NDP supporters (62%). Approval of tolled roads is characteristic of males (48%) rather than females (38%), the youngest (53%), the wealthiest ($250K+ - 75%) and in Toronto (55%).
EVEN SPLIT PROVINCIALLY ON WYNNE’S TORONTO TOLL ROAD DECISION
Almost exactly equal proportions of Ontario voters approve (44%) and disapprove (45%) of the
premier’s decision to deny Toronto Mayor John Tory permission to toll two city owned
highways. This balance masks a stark regional split, however. In Toronto, almost 6 in 10
disapprove of this decision (58%) while just a third approve (32%). In the GTA surrounding
Toronto, however, where provincial elections are won and lost, proportions are inverted, and
about 6 in 10 approve of the premier’s decision (56%) and just less than 4 in 10 disapprove
(39%). Approval is highest among provincial Liberal voters, of course (54%), while disapproval is
highest among PC supporters (50%). The oldest are the least likely to approve of the Premier’s
decision (37%) and most likely to disapprove (52%). Males are more likely to disapprove (50%)
than females (41%).
4-IN-10 LESS LIKELY TO VOTE LIBERAL BECAUSE OF TOLLS DECISION, ONE FIFTH MORE LIKELY
Four in ten Ontario voters are less likely to vote Liberal in the next election because of the
Premier’s decision (40%) while one fifth are more likely to vote for the Liberals (21%). This
implies a net vote loss of as much as 20 points as a direct result of this policy. Being more likely
to vote Liberal is characteristic of the youngest (28%), the least wealthy (36%) and those in
Eastern Ontario (40%).
“While this decision of the Premier’s to prohibit Toronto from tolling its own highways is
unpopular in the city itself, it is very popular in the commuter belt surrounding Toronto, and
this is where the Liberals need to hold seats, and even make inroads if they are to have a
chance in the next election,” said Eli Yufest, CEO of Campaign Research. Eli can be reached at
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