Liberal/NDP cooperation favoured if PCs win minority

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Little support for NDP to prop up PCs

TORONTO JUNE 5th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 733 Ontario voters, one half say the NDP should support the Liberals if the PCs are elected to a minority in the coming election (49%), where just one third say the NDP should support the PCs in a minority government (33%). Among those who think the NDP should support the Liberals in a PC minority, close to half favour a formal coalition (45%), while fewer opt for a less formal arrangement (39%). The vast majority of Liberals call for NDP support in this situation, of course (89%), while a clear majority of NDP voters do so as well (59%). Just one seventh of NDP voters think the party should support a PC minority (14%).

If, on the other hand, the Liberals elect a minority, one half still thinks the NDP should support them (51%), compared to just a third who think the party should support the PCs (32%). Among the relatively few calling for NDP/PC cooperation, appetite is highest for a less formal arrangement (58%) rather than a formal coalition (24%). Virtually all Liberals call for the NDP to support them (93%), as do close to two thirds of NDP supporters (62%).

This is an indication the PCs will need a majority to be effective in the legislature, regardless of party leader comments now. There is just too much public support for centre-left cooperation and, seemingly, no appetite for a government which shuts the Liberals out," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.