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A Premier Ford Reset? Public yet to clue in as negatives hold steady

By Ihor Korbabicz The media has picked up on efforts to present a kinder, refreshed, genteel Doug Ford, but the public has yet to notice. Impressions of the Ontario Premier have been relatively stable since April 2019 when his negatives first reached the ~60% disapproval threshold and ~20% positive, a dynamic that has not shifted

Most people disagree with Premier Ford on whether carbon tax will cause a recession

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford claimed the federal government’s carbon tax would cause a recession in Ontario, many economists disagreed. And it seems most regular people do as well. According to the first in a series of Clean Energy Canada / Abacus Data nationwide polls: • Few Canadians (19%) expect a recession next year. If

Beyond the LCBO? Broad support for Liberalizing Alcohol Sales in Ontario

By David Coletto At the start of 2019, we explored public attitudes toward liberalizing alcohol sales in Ontario. The provincial government expanded store hours in December and has started a consultation to look at other ways of changing the way alcohol is sold in the province. Note, this survey was not commissioned or paid for

Ontario PCs lead amidst slight Liberal recovery and NDP slide

By Ihor Korbabicz Premier Ford was swept into power by an intense desire for change incubated over a long stretch of provincial Liberal governments and under a historically disliked premier. In Abacus Data’s first poll months since the Ontario PC win, we find that while most Ontarians still have negative views of the premier, few

2 in 3 Toronto residents think Ford Government should postpone council size cut until after the election or scrap plan entirely

By David Coletto Last week we conducted a survey of over 900 adult residents of Toronto for the Broadbent Institute and Progress Toronto to gauge the reaction of how the Ontario government approached its decision to reduce the size of Toronto’s city council from 47 to 25 seats. Here’s what we found: FINDING #1 By

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