POLL: Strong appetite for change in provincial government

PCs have six-point lead over Liberals in Ipsos Reid survey

It appears the appetite for a change in leadership at Queen's Park is growing.

A new Ipsos Reid poll done for Newstalk 1010, CTV and CP24 finds 72% of voters think it's time for another party to take over governing the province, a 4% increase from April.

Pollster John Wright says he hasn't numbers that high at any level of government in 25 years.

Voter intention hasn't shifted much since a poll last month.  Progressive Conservatives held steady at 37%, the The Liberals are down slightly at 31% and the New Democrats are up slightly at 28% support.

While PC leader Tim Hudak continues to be less popular than his party, the notion of him moving into the Premier's office is gaining traction.

One in three of those asked, or 34% picked Hudak as the best person to lead Ontario.  NDP leader Andrea Horwath is at 29%, while support for Kathleen Wynne's leadership slipped by three points to 28%.

Among decided voters, those who plan to go PC are the voters most likely to show up on Election Day and also the least likely to change their minds.  54% of PC voters are "absolutely certain" about their choice, compared with 37% of Liberal voters and 34% of NDP supporters.

Those leaning orange are tentative about their choice though, with 23% saying they're "not certain" about their voting decision.

Ipsos Ried conducted the poll May 6-9, 2014 by online interview. It is accurate within +/-3.9 percntage points

Election Day in Ontario is June 12.  

Premier Kathleen Wynne hosts Newstalk 1010's the Province Sunday May 11 at 1pm.

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  1. Alex posted on 05/09/2014 10:44 PM
    Tim Hudak supports so called 'right to work' legislation which in reality means even more loss of rights against big corporations.
    All one has to do is look at the relationship of Walmart to its workforce to see the future of Tim Hudaks vision.
    1. earl posted on 05/10/2014 06:46 AM
      @Alex Sadly our soon to be Premier Mr. Hudak has backed off on right to work.
      Yet unionized employees in Ontario are less than 15% of the workforce.
      Most working people in Ontario are compensated for what they do not what bully club they belong to.
      The way it works right now the unions are non-democratic and forced upon workers. At every single unionized workplace no individual worker is allowed to choose not to be unionized. How is that fair? Democratic? What are the unions afraid of? Do you know that every teacher gives over 5,000 in union dues annually? The 250,000 teachers give over a billion dollars of the citizens' money to unions. Taken as a whole the 1,000,000 government employees give several billion. Total mafia-style rip off no doubt whatsoever. Don't get rid of 100,000 public sector workers TIm, get rid of em all and privatize all non-elected government jobs, with open bidding for the contracts. That would balance the budget in months not years. Oh and those private contractors can be unionized or not however the non-union will win out in the long run as has already been the case in the general economy. Automotive is heavily unionized because of all the government handouts to that industry which is what keeps the cost of vehicles so high. So in effect the union dues there are actually paid out citizen taxes once again. So you pay too much for autos and add the insult of your tax dollars subsidizing more unions.
      Wynn? She goes around with handouts to companies, picking winners and losers in the economy Obama style. All Ontarians owe >2,000 and counting each and Wynn seeks to increase that. Stop the bleeding. Vote PC now!
    2. Setting the Record Straight posted on 05/10/2014 08:58 AM
      @earl 1. The combined totals of wages, benefits and pensions in the auto industry account for less than 10% of the cost of a vehicle.
      2. Under your logic of privatizing all non-elected government jobs, wages would be lowered, less people would be employed and the cost of every bit of goods (silly things like food and rent) would stay the same - and a massive collapse would ensue as people lose the ability to purchase anything.
      3. Yup ... that's Tea Party Conservative "thinking". Complete ruin in record time.
    3. MichaelB_2952 posted on 05/10/2014 09:01 AM
      @earl In places where there is right-to-work for less, the non-unionized employees still receive the same benefits and protection from their unions as required by law. Essentially, the employees who opt out of paying dues are free-riding on the coat-tails of their unions. This adds costs to the unions as the remaining members are required to subsidize the free-riders. If a non-union member gets into legal labour difficulties, the union is still obligated to defend the non-dues paying employees.
    4. earl posted on 05/10/2014 09:56 AM
      @Setting the Record Straight 1. add to that 10% the subsidies routinely handed to automakers
      2. what you don't get is every penny (now nickel) the government at any level takes our of the economy is a drag on the economy. every single penny regardless what they do with it. government is never ever efficient at anything except wasteful disposal of taxpayer hard earned dollars. that goes for all parties.
      3. as opposed to the non-ruin of liberals trying to pick winners and losers in business with handouts, running up massive debts and ever increasing the cost of living and taxation. sure.
    5. earl posted on 05/10/2014 10:01 AM
      @MichaelB_2952 Ontario need not just copy what was tried elsewhere.
      I speak from the point of view of a person who believes in democracy and freedom of choice and association.
      The union laws in Ontario break our rights as Canadians to make our own choices.
      A much simpler law, allowing individuals to work for their employer directly outside any union agreement, and requiring the union/employer to offer the individual to buy into various union programs they choose to, such as group insurance etc.
      No union support than that. Wage equity laws apply however as individuals some may earn more because we are more productive than the union/mob protected counterparts.
    6. earl posted on 05/10/2014 10:04 AM
      @MichaelB_2952 Interesting your union supporting post using the phrase "protection from their unions" : mob/mafia written all over it. Like paying for protection do you?
    7. john posted on 05/10/2014 11:27 AM
      @Alex wake up Alex the right to work was a good ideal it would give jobs to people who wanna get a good paid job with putting up with union builshit those poor bastards have to pay nearly %95 of there hard earned money over to some jack offs and get no benefits form them whatsoever . this was going to put a stop to that nonsense and lower the power of the under worked overpaid whiners unions . thay have should have not had that kinda power in the first place .
  2. john posted on 05/10/2014 11:38 AM
    and another thing sense unions hold people hostage cause of greed i dont understand why thay are not registered as a terrorist organization cause thats what thay are . if we did that thay would have cops and army going after us . and yet thay do it and i have yet seen one cop over there arresting people .
  3. Alex posted on 05/10/2014 04:45 PM
    I love the fact that every poster avoided the word 'Walmart' and just went on saying the same old same old.

    Walmart is the result of business not including workers having a say in their workplace.

    You have no argument after your canned speeches.
    1. David posted on 05/10/2014 08:33 PM
      @Alex How many people are forced to accept a job at Walmart?
      If they already have a job there, how many are forced to stay?
      People always look for the easy way out and need a place to direct their negativity. Take control of your own circumstances. There are countless examples of people that have become very successful taking control of their OWN lives.
  4. Alex posted on 05/10/2014 04:49 PM
    Tim Hudak is in favour of advancing the working poor job market.
    One million working poor jobs at a time.
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