Most Disapprove of 47 Councillors, Most Approve of Cancelling Grey Police Cars

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Most Disapprove of 47 Councillors, Most Approve of  Cancelling Grey Police Cars

Mayor's and police chief’s approvals remain high

TORONTO November 16th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 778 Toronto voters, more, 4-in-10, disapprove of city council’s vote to expand the chamber from 44 wards and councillors to 47 (40%) than the third who approve of this move (33%). Approval of the larger council is common to the youngest (44%), males (38%) rather than females (28%), the least wealthy (41%), in the downtown (38%), among bike commuters (57%) and those who voted for Olivia Chow for mayor (43%.

Wide majority approve of Chief Saunders’ cancellation of grey police cars

Six-in-ten Toronto voters approve of Chief Mark Saunders’ decision to cancel further orders of the new style dark grey police cars (60%), compared to just less than a quarter who disapprove (22%). Close to one fifth have no opinion (18%). Disapproval is characteristic of residents of Etobicoke (29%).

Mayor’s, Chief’s approvals relatively high

Mayor Tory has the approval of more than two thirds of the city’s voters (68%), consistent with his score last month (October 25 - 70%). Chief Saunders also enjoys the approval of two thirds (65%) and this is also comparable, if very slightly lower, to his rating last month (October 25 - 69%).

“Cancelling the grey cars was a good and popular decision, informed by public opinion as expressed in our polling. The move to a larger council was not popular however, and our polling has always shown a consistent desire for a smaller council,” 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.