Mainstreet Poll Shows Ontario Voters Grappling with Cost of Living; Tight Race Between PCs and Liberals Ahead

Ontario's political landscape heats up as PCs and Liberals engage in a neck-and-neck race, reveals recent poll., reveals recent poll.

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A recent Mainstreet Research poll reveals a fiercely competitive political landscape in Ontario, with the Progressive Conservatives (PCs) and the Liberals locked in a neck-and-neck race. The poll surveyed a significant number of voters across the province, showing a razor-thin margin between the two major parties and suggesting an intense battle in the upcoming elections.

The Ontario PCs, currently in power, face a strong challenge from the resurgent Liberals, who have been steadily gaining ground. According to the poll, both parties are virtually tied in voter preference, with only a marginal difference in support percentages. This close race reflects shifting political sentiments in Ontario, where healthcare, education, and economic recovery post-COVID-19 are top concerns for voters. voters.

The Mainstreet Research poll, conducted from December 3rd to 4th, 2023, surveyed 926 adults in Ontario using automated telephone interviews. With a margin of error of ±3.2% at the 95% confidence level, the poll showed a close race with the PCs at 31% and Liberals at 30%. The major concerns for voters were the cost of living/inflation (37%), healthcare (22%), and housing costs (21%). Doug Ford had a net favorability of -18, whereas Bonnie Crombie had a net favorability of +2