McGuinty wins Ontario election debate: online survey

Majority finds NDP’s Horwath most likeable party leader

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty came out on top in Tuesday night’s provincial election debate, according to respondents of an Ipsos Reid online survey conducted for Global News. One third of respondents determined McGuinty won the debate, while 29 per cent thought NDP leader Andrea Horwath performed best. PC leader Tim Hudak had 25 per cent of respondents declare him the winner. The results of the survey also convey that NDP leader Andrea Horwath made the largest impression on respondents, with only 14 per cent believing she would win before the debate. On top of that, 35 per cent thought she offered the best policies during the contest, and a 52 per cent majority picked Horwath as the most likeable of the three major party leaders. McGuinty, Ontario’s Liberal leader and incumbent first minister, came across with the demeanour of a Premier, according to 49 per cent of the survey’s respondents.

Global News



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