Doug Ford’s government polled Ontarians about its COVID-19 response. Here’s what the numbers reveal – CBC

Polls suggest support dwindled as Ontario struggled through pandemic’s 2nd wave

Sep 13, 2021

The Ford government has kept a close eye on how Ontarians feel about its response to COVID-19 by steadily commissioning opinion polls on pandemic-related topics.

Documents obtained by CBC News through a freedom of information request reveal that the provincial cabinet office was getting polling reports as often as weekly through 2020.

The results of the surveys suggest that overall support for the government’s handling of COVID-19 dwindled as the pandemic’s second wave built in Ontario last fall.

CBC News obtained 35 polling reports spanning a period from March 2020 until January 2021.

“Compared to last spring, Ontarians are much more likely to believe that the government has not moved quickly enough to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said the most recent polling report obtained, dated Jan. 8.

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