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article imageCan Toronto mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi gain in the polls? Special

By Andrew Moran     Sep 26, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto's municipal election is less than a month away and the mayoral candidates are trying to gain in the polls. Mayor hopeful Rocco Rossi is usually polled at around 8 percent. Can Rossi move up in the polls just in time for Election Day?
Most public opinion polls show that Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford holds a commanding lead over the field of opposition. George Smitherman is his closest rival, while Joe Pantalone, Sarah Thomson and Rocco Rossi are at the bottom of the pack.
Rossi – who has been in the media consistently for more than a month – had his best polling numbers earlier this month when a Forum Research poll showed Rossi was in third place with 15 percent and only 7 points behind Smitherman.
However, since then, most polls are putting Rossi near to last or in last place. The latest Toronto Star-Angus Reid poll suggests Rossi is in last place, behind Thomson, with only 8 percent. But with so many press conferences, being in every debate and putting forth new ideas, why is Rossi not higher in the polls?
Senior Vice President of Angus Reid, Jodi Shanoff, explained to Digital Journal that Rossi’s support “remains pretty stable” and that he has been unable to crack the 10 percent barrier among decided voters, “despite his best efforts.”
“To date, he has had difficulty cracking 10% decided support in Toronto, and remains behind Pantalone and in close contention with Thomson,” said Shanoff.
On Thursday, during a press conference in Greek Town, Rossi claimed that internal polling showed that he is the number two choice for Ford and Smitherman voters. The latest online Angus Reid poll shows that Ford’s transit plan is supported by a majority (two-thirds) but when asked if they support a tax increase, the support decreases to 50 percent.
“In general, a majority say yes, although this proportion falls to just 50% among Ford supporters,” said Shanoff. “Clearly, these voters (want to) believe the candidate’s assertion that he can implement his transit plan without dipping into taxpayer pockets.”
Polls show that transportation is the most important issue in Toronto, and if any of the 46 percent of Ford supporters didn’t support his transportation plan, or the 26 percent of undecided voters, then could we possibly see an increase in support for Rossi? We shall find out in four weeks.
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