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John Tory leading Toronto mayoral race, Chow tied with Ford: poll

A new poll suggests John Tory is now leading by a wide margin in the mayor’s race.

The Forum Research survey suggests Tory has increased his lead over Olivia Chow to 10 points, and indicates Chow is now sitting in a statistical tie with Mayor Rob Ford.

This is the third poll in a row to put Tory ahead of Chow.

The results, published in the Toronto Star, put Tory at 35 per cent support, Ford at 27 per cent, and Chow at 25 per cent.

David Soknacki is at five per cent, followed by Karen Stintz at four per cent.

The new poll found that Tory has an advantage over Chow with female voters. Of the women polled, 38 per cent said they would vote for Tory, while 23 per cent support Chow. The previous survey showed almost the inverse, with 38 per cent for Chow and 24 for Tory.

Tory also has the highest overall approval rating at 65 per cent, while Chow’s approval rating is at 53 per cent.

Ford received the lowest approval rating out of the top five candidates at 35 per cent, with fellow candidates Karen Stintz and David Soknacki at 41 and 46 per cent, respectively.

Voters go to the polls Oct. 27.

The poll asked 1,268 residents on Tuesday and Wednesday via an automated interactive voice response. It is considered accurate withing three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Read the complete poll results below:

Forum Research poll on Toronto mayoral race: Aug. 5-6