Mayoral candidate Keith Cole has quickly surged into first place in Toronto’s mayoral race, surpassing frontrunner George Smitherman, according to a Mez Dispenser-Angus Young poll.
“Keith Cole has reshuffled the deck,” mostly at the expense of everyone else, said Angus Young, senior vice president of Angus Young Public Opinion.
The poll of 3 Torontonians, put Cole at 100 per cent support among decided voters, and Smitherman, Pantalone, Rossi, Thomson and Mammoliti at 0%.
The margin of error is plus or minus 4.8 per cent, 19 times out of 20. Just over half of the 3 respondents were undecided.
Despite the startling surge by Cole — best known for hosting the Keith Cole Experience— Young cautioned that a full 51 per cent of respondents are undecided. With more than six months until the election, “the field is still open.”
“I get the impression that the slate (of candidates) has crystallized. That said, anything can happen, as this mayoral race has taught us so far. Keep in mind, we only interviewed three people: Dave Meslin, his cat Sleater and his teddy bear Buspar. Sleater and Buspar were undecided. Meslin said he’s voting for Cole.”
When asked if 3 people can really tell us anything substantial about the voting intentions of the rest of the 1.5 million voters in the city, Young said “No, of course not. But that never stops pollsters from polling, and never stops the media from turning polls into a fabricated story. Just yesterday, all the papers said Rob Ford was in second place. Why? Because he got 27% support, in a poll of of 413 people, 52% of whom were undecided. You know what that means? It means that 54 people said they’re voting for him. 54. That’s it. Less than a single streetcar.”
The poll also asked whether polls are a waste of space on the front page of newspapers. 100% of decided voters said yes. ( Margin of error, plus or minus zero percent.)