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Toronto mayoral race overshadowing Mississauga campaign

September 20, 2014
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TORONTO – 

A new poll shows Doug Ford with 23% support … in Mississauga.

 

The high profile Toronto mayoral race has so dominated media attention that some “905” residents are unaware that it’s strictly a “416” campaign.

The pollster for Mississauga mayoral candidate Steve Mahoney — trying to get to the bottom of why the undecided in that city represent more than 60% of voters — threw in the names of the Toronto mayoral frontrunners in a routine survey of voters to see what would happen.

“The results are nothing short of shocking,” the pollster says in a memo to Mahoney.

Against Mississauga mayoral candidates Mahoney and Bonnie Crombie, Olivia Chow would draw 14% of the vote, John Tory 21% and Ford 23%.

Mahoney said it’s clear from his door knocking that the mainstream media’s blanket coverage of the Toronto campaign has left some voters outside the city confused about who’s running in their own communities.

“I get asked all of the time what do I think about Rob Ford,” Mahoney said Friday. “I either get people staring at me with a blank look, they don’t even know that there’s an election, or I get people that want to ask about the Fords, sometimes about John Tory.”

One person, a political operative, asked him to arrange to bring Tory to an event “because a lot of people in Mississauga like John Tory,” Mahoney said.

Mahoney has been campaigning pretty much full time since March, as has his main opponent Crombie.

The resignation of long-time mayor Hazel McCallion should have triggered intense public interest in her replacement, he said.

“This is really a historic election in Mississauga, first time in 36 years that we’ve had debates and ideas and discussions and disagreements,” he said. “It’s always been a coronation.”

Yet his internal polling has found that between 63% and 66% of Mississauga residents are still undecided.

The Mahoney team decided to poll residents Wednesday and Thursday on three different scenarios.

In each case, they asked voters if they intend to cast a ballot for Mahoney, Crombie or one of the Toronto frontrunners.

According to Mahoney’s poll, he would finish at the top in all three cases and Crombie would come second but the Toronto candidates would still secure a sizeable chunk of the vote.

Mahoney suspects that candidates in other 905 municipalities are encountering the same situation.

“It seems to be Toronto all the time,” he said. 

Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/09/19/toronto-mayoral-race-overshadowing-mississauga-campaign

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