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Projected Cost of
Scarborough Subway Extension Unreasonable Say Almost Half of Voters
More than six-in-ten say the extension will cost more than
Toronto, April 6th
– In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ among 840
Toronto voters, close to half (48%), disagree that the projected $3.34 billion
cost of the Scarborough subway extension and stacked bus garage is reasonable.
A third (33%) agree that the cost is reasonable, and (19%) say they don’t know.
likely to say the cost is unreasonable include those aged 45-54 (54%) or 55-64
(53%), males (52%), earning $80,000-$100,000 (56%), with a college/university
degree (51%) or post-graduate degree (52%), supporting Doug Ford for mayor
(48%), and supporting the NDP (59%) or Green Party (61%).
likely to agree the cost is reasonable include those aged 34 or younger (36%)
or 35-44 (38%), earning $40,000-$60,000 (49%), with some college or university
(43%), living in Scarborough (44%), and supporting the Liberals (37%) or
Progressive Conservatives (38%).
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More than six-in-ten
(63%) believe the one-stop Scarborough subway extension and stacked bus garage will
cost more than the projected $3.34 billion. Only (12%) think it will come in on
budget, with (8%) saying that the project will finish under budget. (17%) don’t
know how much the final costs will be.
likely to say the extension project will cost more include those aged 45-54
(67%) or 55-64 (67%), males (66%), the most wealthy (73%), with a
college/university degree (66%) or post-graduate degree (65%), living in
Etobicoke (69%) or the Former City of Toronto (68%), and supporting the NDP
(68%) or Progressive Conservatives (65%).
likely to say it will come in on budget include the least wealthy (19%) or
earning $20,000-$40,000 (22%), and supporting the Liberal Party (15%).
“Almost half of
voters think the cost of the Scarborough Subway Extension Project is
unreasonable, and more than six-in-ten think it will cost more than currently
budgeted,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at
email@example.com or at (416) 960-9603.