A news poll suggests that the Progressive Conservative party continues to enjoy a commanding lead ahead of the June 7 provincial election while Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have dropped to third place behind the NDP.
It is the first time that the NDP have leapfrogged the Liberals in a Mainstreet Research poll.
The Mainstreet Research poll of 2,534 Ontario voters found that 42.3% of decided or leaning voters plan to cast a ballot for the Tories while 28.4% say they will vote NDP and 22.1 % say they will vote Liberal. About 5.4 % said that they will vote for the Green party.
It is the first time that the NDP have leapfrogged the Liberals in a Mainstreet Research poll and comes just one day after PC Leader Doug Ford repeatedly attacked Andrea Horwath’s party prior to a leaders debate in Parry Sound.
Overall, NDP support was up 7.1 % among decided voters from the last poll on April 30th while Liberal support was down 6.1 % and Tory support was down 2.6 %. Support for the Green party, meanwhile, was up 1.4 %.
In both northern Ontario and southwestern Ontario, the PCs enjoy commanding leads with the support of 45.1 and 45.8 per cent of voters, respectively.
The NDP are safely in second in both regions with the support of 32.5 and 31.5 % of voters.