May 25, 2018
By Jane Brown
Doug Ford woke up to some bad news on Friday. With less than 2 weeks until the provincial election, a new Forum Research poll suggests the NDP are in the best position to form a majority government with 79 seats at Queen’s Park.
A survey on Wednesday of 906 randomly selected Ontario voters gives Andrea Horwath and the New Democrats 47 percent of decided or leaning voter support compared with 33 percent for the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives with 40 seats and just 14 percent for the Kathleen Wynne Liberals. The Liberals would end up with five seats, losing official party status in the process.
The last Forum Research poll two weeks ago gave the Tories a majority while the NDP was projected to become the official opposition.
Forum Research has conducted 40 polls on the preferences of Ontario voters since the last election in 2014 but this is the first time that Andrea Horwath and the NDP party have jumped into first place.
“We’ve seen the NDP gaining momentum since our poll on the first day of the campaign. But their momentum has now propelled them into a position to secure a majority government, sapping support from both the Liberals and the Conservatives,” Forum Research President Dr. Lorne Bozinoff said in a press release.