Poll: Support for Progressive Conservatives shrinks

The gulf between the Progressive Conservative party and Ontario's two other main political parties has shrunk, but the PCs are still in striking distance of a "pretty substantial" majority.

That is the finding of a new conglomeration of 10 polls done by Mainstreet Research.

The survey puts support for Doug Ford and the PCs among decided and leaning voters at 44.9%, a drop of 5.4% from Mainstreet's last check-in. Both the Liberals and New Democrats have seen some growth. Support for the Liberals is up 4.3% to 28.2% with the NDP at 21.3% after a 3% bump.

Quito Maggi, President and CEO of Mainstreet Research says Liberals attack ads focused on Ford have pulled voters away from the PCs. Maggi can't say if any of those voters have moved to the Liberals, though some have split off to the NDP.

The NDP seems to have attracted more attention since the release of their platform.

While the Liberals have regained the lead from the PCs in Toronto, they languish in third position in other parts of Ontario including south-central, south-west and northern Ontario

The poll which surveyed 1763 Ontarians between April 16 and April 18 has a margin of error of +/- 2.33% and is considered accurate 19 times out of 20.

The first leaders' debate goes May 7. Ontario voters head to the polls June 7.