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article imagePoll: Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford takes commanding lead

By Andrew Moran     Sep 20, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - The latest poll shows that Toronto mayor hopeful Rob Ford has taken a commanding lead over his field of opposition. The new survey reveals that Ford has a 24-point lead over his closest rival candidate George Smitherman.
Toronto’s municipal election is nearly one month away and the candidates are attempting to make significant strides in the polls by talking to Torontonians, trying their hardest in the public debates and creating new policies that they believe will help the city.
According to a new Nanos Research poll - commissioned by CP24, CTV and the Globe and Mail - Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford has increased his lead to 24 points with 45.8 percent of the vote.
Former Ontario Deputy Premier, George Smitherman, is Ford’s closest rival but only has 21 percent of support from the decided Toronto voters. Toronto Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone moved up in the polls to third place with nearly 17 percent support. Rocco Rossi, who has been in the media lately by announcing his newest policies, slid to fourth place with 9.7 percent and Sarah Thomson is last with 6.4 percent.
The poll further shows that Ford has gained support all over the Greater Toronto Area, including Scarborough, North York, Toronto and Etobicoke. The 10-year Councilor has even gained support from people who usually vote Liberal.
The two most important issues facing the city of Toronto, according to those surveyed, are transportation and taxes.
The telephone survey was conducted among 1,021 randomly selected Toronto municipal voters. It was conducted from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16 and contains a margin of error of +/- 3.1.
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