Majority Want Marathons, Parades Off City Streets

| Filed under: Toronto, Social Issues

TORONTO July 2nd, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1182 Toronto Voters, the majority approve of having marathons, parades and walkathons take place in city parks rather than closing city streets and expressways (55%). One quarter do not approve of this idea (24%) and a similar proportion have no opinion (22%). Approval of off-road marathons and parades is common to the oldest (55+ - 59%), the least wealthy (65%), residents of North York (63%) and Scarborough (61%) but not the downtown, where most marathons take place (46%), among drivers (61%), college grads (60%), those who approve of Rob Ford (67%) and would vote for him (68%) as well as John Tory voters (63%) and those who voted PC in the last election (70%).

"It is clear that the majority of Toronto residents have experienced the closed streets and blocked thoroughfares on a summer weekend that make getting around Toronto harder than it already is. They see the utility of placing the multiple marathons and marches Toronto supports in parks like Exhibition Place or Downsview, where there is plenty of room and no traffic to impede," 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.