Ottawa, ON – 51% of Ontarians have an unfavourable opinion of Doug Ford.
Those are the findings from Mainstreet Research’s latest UltraPoll, a conglomeration of ten provincial polls. The poll surveyed 1127 Ontarians between January 15th to 17th. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.92% and is accurate 19 times out of 20.
“It is surprising to see Doug Ford’s favourability numbers being this low this early in his mandate.” said Quito Maggi, President and CEO of Mainstreet Research. “This is not good news for the Premier and if these numbers keep trending downwards, Ford’s favourability will match that of Kathleen Wynne’s at the end of her mandate.”
Ford’s net favourability rating stands at -21.5%, while opposition leader Andrea Horwath’s net rating is -0.5%. Interim Liberal leader John Fraser has a net rating of -6.8%, while Green Party leader Mike Schreiner’s net favourability rating is -3.8%.
“Andrea Horwarth is doing the best among party leaders in terms of favourability, but our findings shows that Ontarians are not happy with their current options for Premier of Ontario,” continued Maggi. “Horwath is the most popular provincial party leader right now, but more Ontarians disapprove of her than those who have a positive opinion of her.”
The poll also asked Ontarians who they would vote for if an election were held today. Among decided and leaning voters, the PCs led by Doug Ford have 41.4% (-0.8% from November), while the NDP led by Andrea Horwath come in with 27% (-0.5%). The Liberals with John Fraser at the helm have 22.6% (+1.3%), while Mike Schreiner and the Greens have 7% (+0.6%).
“The PCs are doing well and are substantially ahead of their rivals, but Ford’s poor favourability ratings indicate a high amount of dissatisfaction with the government,” concluded Maggi.