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 lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.