Poll shows support for Ford government steady despite criticism of pandemic handling

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A new poll shows Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives would win the most votes if the election were held today, despite some criticism of their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The online survey, conducted by polling firm Leger, found that 38 per cent of decided voters would vote for Premier Doug Ford’s Tories – slightly less than the 40.5 per cent they got in the 2018 election when they won a majority government. Ontario has been one of the provinces hardest hit by the pandemic, and the Ford government has been blamed for failing to protect people in long-term care homes, where the novel coronavirus has killed more than 3,750 residents. The province has also faced criticism from the opposition parties, unions and parents over its refusal to legislate paid sick days for workers, reduce class sizes in schools and for its often-confusing messaging on pandemic and vaccination protocols.

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