Ontario Conservatives have commanding, near-ten point lead over Liberals, NDP: poll

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Premier Kathleen Wynne has increased incentive to forge an election-avoiding budget deal with the New Democrats, suggests a new poll that gives the Progressive Conservatives a significant lead in voter support.

The Ipsos Reid survey gives Tim Hudak’s Tories 37% of decided Ontario voters, with Andrea Horwath’s NDP at 29% and the governing Liberals at 28%. Even more worrying for the Liberals is that the low numbers come despite relatively good approval ratings for Ms. Wynne, who won the party leadership and the Premier’s office in late January.

Six in 10 voters agreed that Ms. Wynne was “doing a good job,” but an even higher percentage — 66% — said it is “time for another political party to take over,” and only 34% said “the government has done a good job and deserves re-election.” The survey was conducted for the National Post, Global Television and Newstalk 1010.

John Wright, Ipsos’…

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