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New poll shows Wynne's approval numbers drop

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Premier Kathleen Wynne. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun files)

Premier Kathleen Wynne. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun files)

TORONTO - 

There's no Wynne in the Liberal's sails.

A new Forum Research poll obtained by the Toronto Sun found that Premier Kathleen Wynne's approval numbers have sunk -- fewer than three-in-10 voters think she's doing a good job.

"Premier Wynne has the approval of fewer than three in 10 voters (29%), down from a third last month (33%)," said a statement issued by the polling firm. "Her net favourable score (the people who approve of her minus the number who disapprove of the premier) is a dismal minus 30--down from minus 20 last month."

Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff said it's easy to dislike a majority government in mid-term as there's no chance people have to actually vote for someone anytime soon.

"Nonetheless, the decline in Kathleen Wynne's favourables, usually better than the party's, has to be a concern for her team," he added in a statement. If an election were held now, 36% of voters would support the Progressive Conservatives, 29% would cast ballots for the Libera l s, 24% would back the NDP. Another 9% would vote for the Green Party.

Forum Research said this level of support would yield a minority PC government.

The PC Party is currently in the midst of voting in a new leader who will be announced Saturday at a Toronto convention.

Forum Research said the Tory lead would be 36% to the Liberals' 28% under leadership candidate Christine Elliott. However, that lead drops to a statistical tie between the two parties with Patrick Brown at the helm of the PC Party.

"Christine Elliott appears to be a very attractive alternative to a lot of voters, more so than Patrick Brown still," Bozinoff said.

Forum Research found no age group, from young to old, or geographical area in the province that didn't disapprove of the premier's performance.

However, people who identified themselves as Liberal supporters backed Wynne with 68% approving of the job she's doing while 21% disapprove and 11% indicated they didn't know.

The poll was conducted throughout a week when Wynne was interviewed by the OPP in relation to the Sudbury byelection and her government was criticized for a deteriorating highway winter maintenance program.

The poll also followed closely on her government's new budget which confirmed its intention to proceed with a cap-and-trade system to lower carbon emissions.

"Fewer than 3-in-10 voters approve of the government's cap and trade carbon pricing plan (29%) and close to one half disapprove (45%)," the poll says. "One half think cap and trade will lead to higher prices... There is an exact split in opinion on whether cap and trade will achieve its goal in reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

Forum Research conducted an interactive voice response telephone survey of 912 Ontarians between April 24-30, and the poll has a 3% margin of error, 19 times out of 20.

The Forum Poll can be found online at here.


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