Good night for Ford and Horwath, bad night for Wynne.
The initial leader ratings after the first Ontario Leaders debate are in.
According to an online poll by City News Toronto who hosted the debate, by a narrow margin respondents said they would support NDP Leader Andrea Horwath after the debate, while almost as many went for PC Leader Doug Ford.
Very few people said they would support Wynne after the debate, which is a bad sign for an incumbent Premier.
Here are the results:
43% say they support Horwath, 39% say Ford, just 14% say Wynne, and 4% say ‘other.’
8,702 people voted in the poll.
— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) May 7, 2018
The online poll contrasts slightly with the results found by pollsters, who have generally shown the Ford PCs in majority government territory.
The response to the debate shows two important things: First, Ford performed well and retains the support of a large portion of the electorate. And second, Horwath has a chance to take votes from the Wynne Liberals.
With Kathleen Wynne’s popularity at rock-bottom levels, she needs game-changing debate performances. Judging by the results tonight, not only did she fail to best Ford and Horwath, she may be falling even further behind.
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