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October 11, 2005 02:00 ET

Ontario Liberals (43%) Increase Lead Over PCs (31%)

New Leger Marketing Public Opinion Poll of Ontarians also Gauges Premier Preference: McGuinty (24%) Holds Slight Edge in Statistical Tie with Tory (22%), as Both Leaders Lag their Parties in Support Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 11, 2005) - A new Leger Marketing public opinion poll of Ontarians, conducted in the last days of September, shows that Ontario's governing Grits are increasing their lead over the Tories. Representing a 4-point increase, the Liberals (43%) now hold a 12-point lead over the Progressive Conservatives (31%; -3) among decided voters in the province. Down 2 points, the NDP remain in distant third place (15%). From September 2004 to September 2005, the Grits have gained 6 points while the PCs have fallen 4 points over the course of the twelve months. Regionally, the Liberals lead throughout the province except in the GTA's seat-rich 905 Belt surrounding Toronto - where they are in a tie (39%) with the Tories.

However, when considering their preference for Premier, there is no consensus among Ontarians. Premier Dalton McGuinty (24%) holds only a slight edge in a statistical tie with PC Leader John Tory (22%), and both leaders lag their parties in terms of support. Comparatively, NDP Leader Howard Hampton (15%) matches his party's support. Most telling of the state of today's Ontario electorate is the finding that almost four-in-ten (39%) are either unsure (26%) of their preference or do not like any of the three current mainstream choices before them (13%). /For further information: Full detailed release, with regional results, available on our website: www.legermarketing.com/ IN: POLITICS, SOCIAL

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  • Craig Worden, Associate Vice President, Public Affairs, Leger Marketing
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