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Don’t harm TVO and TFO: Nanos poll

Apr 2, 2014

A strong majority of Ontario voters believe Premier Wynne should keep the promise of long term funding for TVO and TFO made by her predecessor (50% agree, 19% somewhat agree), and seven-in-ten favour maintaining or increasing funding for the provincial public broadcasters, including 52% of voters who prefer the Progressive Conservative Party.

These findings emerge from a Nanos survey conducted between March 21st and 24th, 2014, which found the Liberal Party outpacing the Progressive Conservative Party by the slightest of margins (36% vs. 32%) among decided voters.  The NDP stands at 25% and the Green Party is preferred by 5%.

“Ontario voters of all political stripes value their provincial public broadcasters, a message the party leaders should note carefully,” said Ian Morrison, spokesperson for the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, that commissioned the survey.

The views of those considering a political party as a second choice are revealing, given the razor sharp margins found by Nanos in party preference.

On the question of TVO and TFO funding, a majority of those considering any of the four major parties as a second choice favour by wide margins maintaining or increasing TVO and TFO funding:

I am considering voting for…Increase/maintainDecrease
Liberal

76%

13%

PC

63%

24%

NDP

81%

12%

Green

79%

11%

Among all respondents, the poll found 86% of Liberal, 76% of NDP, and 52% of PC supporters would advise Premier Wynne to maintain or increase support for TVO and TFO.

Nanos Research also asked about a promise made by Dalton McGuinty in 2011 when he was Premier to provide long term stable funding to Ontario’s public broadcasters.  In response, 86% (64% agree, 22% somewhat agree) of Liberal, 77% (63% agree, 14% somewhat agree) of NDP, and 44% (23% agree, 20% somewhat agree) of PC supporters would like the Premier to keep the promise of her predecessor.

“On the eve of a possible election, this survey should send a strong message to Ontario’s political parties that voters want them to support TVO and TFO, not tear them down,” Morrison said.

Nanos conducted a RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online survey of 1,000 Ontarians between March 21st and 24th, 2014, as part of an Ontario omnibus survey. The dual frame sample included both land- and cell-lines across Ontario. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone and administered a survey online. The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Ontario.

The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Ontarians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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For information: Jim Thompson 613-447-9492 | Nik Nanos 613-234-4666 ext. 237

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Apr 2, 2014 - Opinion Poll - Ontarians' view of TVO and TFO
A significant majority of Ontarians (7 of 10) believe that Premier Wynne should keep the promise of long term funding support for TVO and TFO, according to the latest survey of 1,000 Ontarians conducted between March 21st and 24th, 2014.