Doug Ford facing 'long road back' from poor poll numbers
June 23, 2019
June 23, 2019 3:22 PM EDT
Ontario Premier Doug Ford addresses media at the Thorncrest Ford car dealership in Toronto on April 1, 2019.Ernest Doroszuk / Toronto Sun / Postmedia Network
There’s nowhere to go but up.
A poll published last month revealed Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s favourability ratings have fallen dramatically one year into his Conservative government’s mandate.
“I don’t think it can get worse,” said Quito Maggi, president and CEO of Mainstreet Research, which conducted the survey. “I can’t point to any one thing (to show) how this is going to get better for Doug Ford — certainly not anything in the short term.”
The poll asked people across Ontario if they have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of all the provincial party leaders. Ford had a net -53.5% rating (73.4% unfavourable to 19.9% favourable), lower than Kathleen Wynne’s numbers when her Liberal government was turfed last year, according to Mainstreet.
“Does it mean he’s doomed to lose the next election? No. These numbers are very bad, but also not unrecoverable in a longer term.”
Ford announced a major cabinet shuffle last week looking to hit the reset button on his government, but Maggi pointed out the shakeup will have little effect.
“Simply shuffling the cabinet isn’t going to give him a 10-point boost in approvals.”
Maggi noting funding cuts announced in April’s budget came as a complete surprise to voters.
People have certainly been vocal about their dislike of the premier recently.
During the Raptors’ NBA championship celebration at Toronto City Hall last week, Ford walked onstage and received a round of boos from sports fans.
“I think it’s going to be a long road back for Doug Ford,” Maggi said.
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