Even Split on Jets at Billy Bishop

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Also split on runway extension

TORONTO September 8th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1069 Toronto voters, just fewer than one half approve of jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport (45%) while just fewer than this are opposed (43%). This is very comparable to our findings the last time we polled (December, 2013 - 43% approve, 39% disapprove). One tenth do not have an opinion now (13%). Those in favour of jets are likely to be male (54%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 50%), in North York (51%) but not so much downtown (36%), among property owners (49%), university graduates (51%), those who approve of Rob Ford (59%), provincial PC voters (64%), Rob Ford (61%) and John Tory voters (50%) and those who drive to work or school (58%).

Even split on extending runways

Findings on extending runways have also stayed relatively stable, with close to half approving (45% now, 44% in December) and just fewer disapproving (42% now, 43% in December). The profile of those who approve the runway extension is very similar to that of those who approve of jets.

 We've polled this issue regularly for two years now, and the two sides appear to have achieved something like equilibrium, with relatively equal proportions opposed and in favour. This has changed very slightly from those in favour leading and those opposed trailing, so it may be that the relentless publicity sought by No Jets TO is having a small effect," 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.