POLL: ROB FORD TO BE RE-ELECTED, TORY LEADS THE RACE
TORONTO, Sep. 13, 2014 – A new poll by Mainstreet Technologies, a public research firm based in Toronto, shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will return to council and be re-elected to his previous seat after a dramatic turn of events.
The poll also shows Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, trailing as he enters the race for mayor.
Mayor Rob Ford previously represented Ward 2 in Toronto as City Councillor before being elected to the mayoralty in 2010. The mayor’s brother, Doug, is the current City Councillor for Ward 2, though he was not seeking re-election. Rob Ford’s nephew, Michael Ford, was a contestant in the race before dropping out yesterday and filing for school trustee.
Voters in Ward 2 will have the opportunity to vote for up to three Fords on the ballot. The Mainstreet poll shows Rob Ford leading with 49%, his closest opponent, Andray Domise is at 19% giving Ford a 30 point lead.Meanwhile, Ford’s brother Doug starts his campaign in third place at 16% . Mayoral Candidates John Tory and Olivia Chow stand at 45% and 27%, respectively.
“This is not a great start for Doug Ford, who has been described by many in the media as being less charismatic than his brother. Nonetheless, the Ford brand remains strong and Rob Ford will be returning to council”, said Mainstreet Technologies President, Quito Maggi.
“Olivia Chow’s campaign may stand to benefit from this turn of events the most. With Rob Ford out of the race, she may be able to rally progressive voters who have been parking their votes with Mr. Tory in an attempt to stop a Ford re-election”, he concluded.