Lapel Cameras are a Winner

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Lapel Cameras Are a Winner

Mandatory voting, shopping bag ban not so much

TORONTO September 8th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1069 Toronto voters, two thirds agree Toronto police should have lapel cameras (64%), while just one seventh disagree (15%). Fully one fifth have no opinion (20%). Approval of the idea is common to the oldest (55+ - 70%), the wealthiest (71%), the best educated (post grad - 70%), among provincial Liberals (71%) and John Tory voters (70%).

Two thirds disapprove of mandatory voting

Two thirds of Toronto voters disapprove of fine-punishable mandatory voting in municipal elections (62%), while 3-in-10 approve (29%) and one tenth have no opinion (9%). Support for mandatory voting, punishable by a fine, is common to younger groups (35 to 44 - 37%) and those who drive to work or school (36%).

Narrow disagreement over bringing back bag ban

One half of Toronto disagree with bringing back the plastic bag ban (49%), whereas 4-in-10 approve the idea (41%). One tenth have no opinion (10%). Approval of the ban is characteristic of the oldest (65+ - 45%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 48%), in the downtown (49%), the best educated (post grad - 47%), provincial Liberals (49%) and New Democrats (46%) and Chow supporters (58%).

"Rob Ford is right about one thing, the elites who live downtown in Toronto don't support him, and they are the ones in favour of all these initiatives. They're better educated and make more, they don't support Rob Ford for mayor, and most don't vote PC provincially," 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.