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Doug Ford makes gains but John Tory still leads: Poll

Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford (centre) greets Vicki Crystal and her ten-month-old grand daughter Elena as he starts his campaign by door knocking in his local Etobicoke neighbourhood of Toronto on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford (centre) greets Vicki Crystal and her ten-month-old grand daughter Elena as he starts his campaign by door knocking in his local Etobicoke neighbourhood of Toronto on Saturday, September 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO – Mayoral candidate John Tory still holds a comfortable lead, according to the latest poll numbers, but Doug Ford is catching up.

A Mainstreet Technologies poll conducted on Sept. 28 reveals Tory has 37 per cent support among likely voters compared to 30 per cent for Ford and 21 per cent for Olivia Chow. 12 per cent of respondents were undecided.

However, compared to last week’s results, Tory actually dropped 3 percentage points and Ford gained seven over the span of a week. Meanwhile, Chow dropped four points.

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“With Doug Ford’s controversial entry into the mayoral campaign, and subsequent media coverage and momentum, he has successfully positioned himself as the Tory alternative,” said Mainstreet Technologies President, Quito Maggi in a media release.

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“Tory’s numbers are solid across Toronto, particularly among those voters most likely to vote. His challenge will be to sustain support until October 27th. At this stage, Olivia Chow has taken a back seat.”

The Mainstreet Technologies Interactive Voice Response poll was conducted on Sept. 28 with 2,409 respondents and a margin of error of +/- 1.99 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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