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Olivia Chow leads voter support in Toronto mayoral race: poll

Olivia Chow appears to be widening her lead over incumbent Rob Ford and fellow candidate John Tory in the race for Toronto mayor, according to a new poll.

The Forum Research poll, which surveyed 882 respondents, was conducted on Monday and first published in the Toronto Star on Tuesday. Click here to see the poll results, which are considered accurate plus or minus four percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

When it comes to voter preference for mayor, Chow has 34 per cent, while Ford came in at second place with 27 per cent. Tory was in third place at 24 per cent.

Support for candidates Karen Stintz and David Soknacki was at six per cent and four per cent, respectively. Both have been around that mark since the campaign began in January.

However, Tory is the least polarizing of all candidates and has the highest approval rating of them all at 65 per cent, compared to Chow’s 60 per cent.

Ford and Stintz trailed in public approval at 46 per cent for both. Soknacki garnered 47 per cent.

According to the poll, 49 per cent of those surveyed said they “would never vote for Ford.” In terms of Chow and Tory, 25 per cent said they “would never vote for Chow,” while three per cent said they “would never vote for Tory.”

Chow had an eight-point lead on the day she launched her campaign on March 13, at 36 per cent. Ford was in second at 28 per cent.

The former NDP MP was in a neck-and-neck race with Ford in the previous Forum poll that was conducted on March 27, following the first televised mayoral debate at City. Chow received 33 per cent while Ford was at 32 per cent.

Torontonians head to the polls on Oct. 27.