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New online poll suggests Tory leader Doug Ford top pick for Ontario premier

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

A new online poll suggests more Ontario voters would choose Tory leader Doug Ford for premier rather than Kathleen Wynne or Andrea Horwath.

A survey conducted this week – just days after Ford was chosen to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservatives – shows 24 per cent of participants believe the populist politician would make the best premier out of the three party leaders.

NDP leader Horwath came in second with 15 per cent of support from those surveyed, with Liberal premier Wynne close behind with 13 per cent.

That’s compared with 17 per cent of those surveyed who said they would prefer “someone else,” 13 per cent of participants who wanted none of them, and 15 per cent who said they didn’t know.

The results also indicate that if the June election was held today, 42 per cent of participants say they would vote for the Tories, 26 per cent say they would vote Liberal and 24 per cent say they would vote NDP.

The poll was conducted online by Leger between March 12 and 14, and involved 1,008 Ontario adults eligible to vote.

The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.