BY DAVID COLETTO
WHO doesn’t love the May long weekend?. The barbeques are lighted up, garden centres are bustling with people buying plants for their gardens, and friends and family head out to explore the great outdoors. During an election, they can also act as key moments in a campaign. A time when friends and family discuss politics and the election sitting around the campfire, over a late Sunday brunch, or at the cottage for the first time. It’s a time when perceptions and assumptions can be either cemented or changed.
As Ontarians headed into their long weekend, we at Abacus were busy crunching the numbers of our latest survey. As with the previous wave, the numbers reported in this survey come from two separate sample sources.
That’s why the research team at Abacus Data, in partnership with our friends at Summa Strategies and Spark*Advocacy
So we did something that’s rarely done in Canadian public polling, we designed and executed a panel study.
This way, we will be able to track the evolution of Ontarians’ minds in a way not typically done in publicly released election polling. It’s the way we approach our work with clients and part of Abacus Data’s record of innovation in our industry.
Here’s what our new polling data finds:
- The PC lead has all but disappeared with only one point separating the surging New Democrats and the PCs. The Liberals have fallen clearly into third place.
- The PCs still have structural advantages within the electorate that make them the favourites still if these numbers hold to election day.
- The NDP can win the election. They have the largest pool of accessible voters and momentum right now.