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Home stretch: still long odds and no sure bets

Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s the Agenda, used these words to preface his assessment of Olivia Chow’s chances: “Every public opinion poll I’ve seen on the Toronto mayor’s race tells me what I’m about to write is ridiculous.”  Paikin, The Agenda. That was January 27th, a full nine months before the 2014 election.  Chow wasn’t…
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Campaign Fairy Tales

This election has been all about polls.  Far from being barometers of public opinion, they have dictated opinion so thoroughly that they have eliminated candidates and narrowed the range of voter options. This election has been all about polls because of the unspeakable Ford years.  The majority of Torontonians are so traumatized that they’ve been…
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Political Poll-arization

The neurotic obsession with polls has hit a new height in the Toronto mayoral election.  It’s as if the polls keep watch so that Ford can’t sneak up on us again. It’s terrible that the polls dominate the discussion.  Policies, experience, and character are forgotten when talk turns to trends and predictions. Polls also reduce…
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How Olivia Chow can STILL win

A couple of weeks ago I offered a scenario in which Olivia Chow could still win.  At the time, I acknowledged her decline in pre-Labour Day polls, but argued that pre-Labour Day polls are irrelevant. Given the incumbent Mayor’s rare cancer, the unexpected candidacy of his brother Doug, and the withdrawal of David Soknacki, it’s…
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