Split opinion on Wynne campaigning for Trudeau

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Split opinion on Wynne campaigning for Trudeau

No agreement if it’s appropriate or helped

TORONTO November 5th, 2015 –  In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1158 Ontario voters, exactly equal proportions, just less than half approve (44%) or disapprove (45%) of the energetic campaigning Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne did for Liberal Leader and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau . Just one tenth don’t take a position (11%). It is not surprising that three quarters of Liberal voters approve of this (78%), but close to one half of NDP voters (45%) and even a tenth of Progressive Conservative voters (13%) also approve. By federal affiliation, results are very similar (Liberals - 69%, NDP - 46%, Conservatives - 16%). Approval is also high among the youngest (50%), females (51%), mothers (54%) and in the 416 Toronto area code (50%).

Most think Premiers shouldn’t be involved in Federal politics

Close to one half agree that Premiers should not involve themselves in federal campaigns (49%), while 4-in-10 are comfortable with this (40%). The youngest believe this the most strongly (50%), as do, predictably, Liberals (63%).

Even split on whether Wynne helped Trudeau

There is an even split in opinion among about a third each, on whether the Premier’s campaigning helped Justin Trudeau (34%) or did not (32%). Just fewer say the Premier neither helped nor hindered Trudeau (25%) and a tenth don’t know (10%). Belief the Premier helped the new Prime Minister is most common to the oldest (42%), mid-income groups ($40K to $60K - 40%), among PC voters (41%) but not so much among Liberals (36%) or, especially, the NDP (24%), among the least educated (40%) and among federal Conservatives (45%).

While there is no agreement on whether it was a good idea or not or even whether it helped Justin Trudeau, it appears that those who think it was good are Liberal supporters, while those who think it worked are not," 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.