More favour Tory's smart track express than DRL

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DRL Preferred Downtown, Smart Track Express Elsewhere

TORONTO June 6th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 944 Toronto voters, more than half favour the Smart Track Express transit concept proposed by mayoral candidate John Tory (52%), while just 3-in-10 disapprove of the idea (29%). One fifth don't have an opinion (20%). Approval of the Smart Track Express idea, where subway trains would run aboveground on existing rail lines, is common to Gen X (45 to 54 - 61%), males (55%), higher income groups ($80K to $100K - 70%) in North York (57%) and Etobicoke/York (62%), among drivers (59%), college grads (57%), supporters of Karen Stintz (75%), Tory (of course - 80%) and Soknacki (59%), but not Chow (40%) or Ford supporters (35%).

In comparison, fewer than one half approve of the existing DRL (tunneled subway - 44%), and almost the same proportion disapprove (42%). The existing DRL is most popular among the youngest (54%), the wealthiest (56%), downtowners (63%), the best educated (52%), Stintz (61%), Soknacki (60%) and Chow supporters (50%), but not Ford voters (28%).

"John Tory has caused a stir with his existing rail line concept, which is not new, but appears fresh in the face of so much subway vs LRT rhetoric. This proposal has attracted favour, and attention. Perhaps Tory should propose more grand schemes like this one," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.