July 8, 2014 5:06 am
Updated: July 8, 2014 5:11 am

John Tory leads in election poll numbers, Rob Ford in distant 3rd

Karen Stintz, (left to right) John Tory, Olivia Chow, David Soknacki and Rob Ford shake hands before the first Toronto mayoral debate in Toronto on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette


TORONTO – A new Toronto municipal election poll puts Rob Ford in third position if an election were called today with candidate John Tory in the number one spot.

According to the Nanos poll, Tory is tops with 39 per cent of the Toronto electorate followed by Olivia Chow with 33 per cent support and Ford with 22 per cent.

No other candidate managed to register above 5 per cent among those surveyed.

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“John Tory has a marginal advantage over Olivia Chow,” said Nanos in a media release. “For each of the top contenders, the other is the most likely second choice for their existing voters.”

“Rob Ford is a distant third with less second choice vote potential than both Tory and Chow.”

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The poll also indicates Ford “has little growth potential” given he is not the second choice for many supporters among the top two contenders.

Meanwhile, those polled said the most important issue for Toronto is public transit (34.8%), followed by high property taxes (17.1%), jobs and the local economy (16.4%) and traffic (14.1%).

The Nanos telephone poll was conducted between July 2 and 5 with a sample size of 600 eligible voters in the City of Toronto and a margin of error of +/- 4.0 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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