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POLL: Voters conflicted on provincial leader of choice

Eligible voters prefer Horwath as leader more than NDP as governing party

Despite recent numbers for party support painting one picture, some voters in Ontario appear to feel differently about who they want to actually lead the province.

According to the latest Ipsos-Reid poll conducted on behalf of CTV News and CP 24 -- but shared exclusively with NEWSTALK 1010 -- 34% of eligible voters prefer Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne as leader of the Ontario goverment; the NDP's Andrea Horwath sits second with 33% support, while only 32% want Tory leader Tim Hudak in as the next Premier.

Ipsos Reid's poll released Friday showed that among decided voters, the party race is in a dead-heat with the PCs and Liberals at 35% support, and the NDP trailing a fair bit behind at 26%.

According to these numbers, more voters are keen on a Progressive Conservative government than an NDP government.  But Horwath is slightly the more popular choice over Hudak as provincial leader.

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  1. Leo Foss posted on 06/07/2014 07:23 PM
    According to Journalism 101 you're supposed to state the question(s) asked, the number polled, and the margin of error.
    Perhaps Newstalk 1010 knows this, which is why they also fail to identify the reporter or the source.
  2. ToddK_2 posted on 06/07/2014 08:30 PM
    Really? people are still confused? wow.
    1. tanjo posted on 06/07/2014 10:53 PM
      @ToddK_2 This vote is clear-cut only if you want to use your vote to punish past deeds.

      If you are looking to the future: who you want leading the province for the next 2 -4 years, then the picture is very, very muddy.
  3. HP posted on 06/08/2014 09:03 AM
    I encourage all eligible Ontario voters to boycott this election...tell the politicians that we're mad and not playing their stupid games anymore. No votes for any of them!
    1. Jack posted on 06/08/2014 09:19 AM
      @HP Even if any election boycott in Canadian history had ever produced larger results than one line in a news article about "low voter turnout," you're about 9 days too late. Anecdotal evidence shows one of the largest turnouts ever to the advance polling stations when they were open from May 31 to June 6, so what could your boycott possibly accomplish?

      What we really need is for every eligible voter who hasn't done so already to watch the Leader's Debate, read up on the party platforms and the Liberal track record of being the worst government Ontario has ever had, and realize that the only way we're going to avoid the fates of Greece and Detroit is to get out and put a large X next to their riding's PC candidate.
    2. Loretta posted on 06/08/2014 10:04 AM
      @HP While I agree with jack that a boycott is futile at this point, it is clear that after making that point he loses objectivity.
      An election is not to be punishment for bad deeds but to choose or next leader. None of the big three parties are being fitted for halos, and all have past indiscretions to be held to account for.
      While I am still an undecided voter, a strong leader, who stands up to those opposed is what we need.
    3. Jack posted on 06/08/2014 11:13 AM
      @Loretta If it's strength you want, I suggest you watch the Leader's Debate. While Wynne dodged questions with all the dignity and grace of a tranquilized horse, and Horwath mumbled her way through half-hearted attacks on the PC and Liberal platforms, Hudak stayed on-point the entire night.

      And if you look at those platforms, there's even more proof that the PCs are the way forward:

      - Wynne acknowledges that spending needs to be cut, but can't mention a single program or even one government job that she's willing to get rid of. She wants to inflict a job tax on businesses that will make even more of them decide they'd do better operating anywhere but Ontario, and she shows no sign of doing anything about our soaring hydro rates.

      - Horwath's platform is essentially just a series of gift baskets to unions and special interest groups, with little notes that say "For more fabulous taxpayer-funded gifts, vote for me." In other words, not a platform at all.

      - Hudak has very clearly set out his plan to cut spending, and to keep businesses and the jobs they provide in Ontario. He's been very clear about how he's going to reduce spending by taking the size of government back to what we had in 2009, when we still had hospitals, schools, and emergency services. He'll tackle our overpriced hydro by slashing the bureaucracy that does nothing but think of ways to charge us more, and will reduce the tax burden of small businesses to make it easier for them to grow.

      In short, we have two party leaders who think we can spend our way out of deficit, and one who understands that our financial situation is completely unsustainable.

      Don't take my word for it: Watch the debate, read the platforms, do your research. When you do, you'll see that the choice is very clear: We need Hudak for Premier.

      One more thing: Every TV and radio ad telling you not to vote for Hudak has been funded by groups who depend on wasted taxpayer money to line their pockets. That should tell you something.
    4. James posted on 06/08/2014 11:20 AM
      @Jack hell Jack if you dont want to end up like Detroit definitely don't vote for the tea party conservatives. they're equivalent to the republicans in the states.
      the biggest financial meltdown since the depression was on their watch. the country almost went down the tubes if it wasn't for the public to bail them out with their hard earned tax dollars. they shut their eyes to the capitalist greedy banking financial systems. no regulations or oversight. out of control wall street, junk mortgages on and on.
      you want Toronto with inner city ghettos, rampant crime and corruption. stupid gun laws. recipe for disaster.
      I know who i'm parking mu vote with
    5. Loretta posted on 06/08/2014 11:29 AM
      @Jack The math in hudaks plan does not work. If he can not get math right on platform what confidence should i have in the math he will conduct in the future?
      During the debate all of them were so focused on staying the party line they missed opportunities to open a debate. It was more a question period than debate.
      I understand we need to bring jobs to the province but the working propel of the province are carrying enough of the burden. If they cut taxes to business who pays the difference?
      While I agree provincial staff should be cut he (in his platform) does not cut the high end bureaucrats but the working stiffs while the fat cats sit unscathed.
      At the last election i was prepared and had collected documentation to turn people off of McQuinty but without a competent leader for the pc's i did nothing.
      With the economic environment in this province the PC s should be in majority territory but are struggling to stay in the lead.
      I do not know the answer on who would be best but I can tell you whom i do not trust.
    6. Alexis posted on 06/08/2014 02:46 PM
      @James Got your blinders on? Do you even know what the Tea Party stands for? Doubt it. BTW last time I looked Toronto is already full of inner city ghettos with plenty of crime and corruption. Stupid gun laws? How did this become an issue?
    7. john posted on 06/10/2014 02:47 PM
      @HP only problum is what happen when the election for mayor in my town get in again people in my town were sooo pissed thay did not vote . she got in anyways cause all of her supporters voted for her . she is doing a worse job then she did the first time she got in .
    8. dama posted on 06/10/2014 03:22 PM
      @Loretta Politic is a dirty game,, they say what you want top hear during the campaign and renege most of their promises..

      Tim Hudak is up front with his platform, reducing the public sector by 100, 000 jobs and he is doing that from the Drummond report,,

      Ask yourself why 19 unions are paying million of dollars in attacj ad againt Tim Hudak and PC party.. you are smart enough to figure that out..

      OK. .Tim's math might be out of whack... suppose he just creates 300, 000 jobs,, wouldnt that be better than losing 300 000 manufacturing jobs that the happened during the reign of the Liberal party?

      Dont let ONE platform out of so many of Tim Hudak stop you from voting for a chage of government.. go NDP if you think Tim is not your man..

      Also, Tim is cutting the head hunchos of Metro link,top heavy

      Tim will not fired or cut the essential workers.. those that are near retirement age and those that are redubdant.. wil be cut.. ,


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