It seems that Ontarians are not so much accepting Doug Ford and his leadership as they are rejecting the other alternatives,” said Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research.
While the PCs have a shot at winning the June 7 election, they didn’t get a “bounce,” or uptick in support, as traditionally happens with a leadership result, Bozinoff said.
“If it hadn’t been such an awkward ending, they would have gotten a bounce in the polls,” he said, referring to a tumultuous leadership contest and a heated ballot dispute at the party convention Saturday.
The PCs are actually down five points from the Forum Poll’s last survey, conducted in mid-February, just after former leader Patrick Brown announced he’d be joining the race to reclaim his old job, Bozinoff said. (Brown later dropped out of the race.) Then, 49 per cent of Ontario voters said they’d vote Conservative.
The PCs need to secure 40 per cent of votes to win a majority, and they should be concerned about having Ford as their leader, Bozinoff said.