One half approve of photo radar

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One half approve of photo radar

Best at major intersections or in school zones

TORONTO December 30th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 507 Toronto voters, one half approves of photo radar (49%), while one third disapproves (34%). Just less than a fifth have no opinion (17%). Support for photo radar is common to boomers (55 to 64 - 64%), females (53%), those in Etobicoke (57%), voters born in Canada (55%) and John Tory voters from the last election (60%). These findings represent an increase in those approving of photo radar since the last time we polled this question (January, 2013, 43% - approve, 39 - disapprove).

Voters split on whether photo radar is revenue tool, safety measure

Equal proportions of Torontonians think photo radar is a revenue raising tool (37%) or a safety measure (39%). One tenth think it is neither (10%) or don’t have an opinion (13%). Those who think of it as a money maker are most likely to be mid aged (45 to 54 - 42%), males (46%), the wealthiest (45%), in North York (42%) and among those who voted for Doug Ford (50%). The last time we asked this, the results were similar (January, 2013, safety - 40%, revenue - 37%).

Major intersections, school zones best places for photo radar

Torontonians see major intersections only as the most important place to site photo radar equipment (26%) and this is tied with school zones (24%). Following this are “anywhere in the downtown” (12%) and on highways only (7%). Few see the need in hospital zones (3%) or at prohibited right hand turns (2%).

“Photo radar has become more acceptable in the past three years, and Torontonians now are equally likely to see it as a means of raising money and a way of guaranteeing safety. It appears they approve of both goals," 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.