Ranked Ballot strongly preferred to FPTP in Toronto
Ranked ballot draws higher approval as well
13th, 2016 - In a random sampling of public
opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 858 Toronto voters, the ranked ballot
electoral system is strongly preferred to the current first past the post
system when the two are directly compared (46% to 29%). Those who prefer the
ranked ballot are especially likely to be the youngest (50%), males (49%), the
wealthy ($80K to $100K - 59%), York residents (caution: small base - 66%) and
those who voted Olivia Chow last time (56%).
Those who prefer the first
past the post system include mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 36%), in
Scarborough (32%) and among Ford and Tory voters (33% each), but not Chow
These findings are comparable to those noted in November, 2014, when we last polled this issue in Toronto (Approve First Past The Post - 45%, approve of Ranked Ballot - 64%).
Higher approval for Ranked ballot than First Past The Post
Two thirds of voters
approve of the ranked ballot, when it is briefly described to them (63%), where
just one quarter disapprove (26%). Fewer approve of First Past The Post,
however (43%) and the same proportion disapproves (44%).
“It is clear the voting public has no difficulty understanding or,
indeed, preferring the ranked ballot to first past the post. Those municipal
politicians who don’t favour the ranked ballot because of its complexity, may
just find it too complex to get re-elected under a new system," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and
founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (416)