Ford’s battle against Ontario school teachers is going very, very badly
Doug Ford appears to be losing his battle against Ontario school teachers.
According to fresh polling data from EKOS, a clear majority of Ontarians (57%) say they support teachers in the ongoing labour dispute between the Ford government and Ontario’s school teachers.
Meanwhile, fewer than one-third of respondents (30%) said they’re backing Ford. One-in-ten said they support neither side.
“By a margin of approximately 2:1,” tweeted EKOS president Frank Graves, “the Ontario public are siding with the teacher unions, not the government.”
By a margin of approximately 2:1 (57/30%) the Ontario public are siding with the teacher unions, not the Government pic.twitter.com/6GOi3l4zQ1
— Frank Graves (@VoiceOfFranky) January 22, 2020
Strikingly, the polling data shows a significant number of Progressive Conservatives have decided they’re not backing Ford in this fight.
While 87% of official opposition Ontario NDP supporters and 80% of third party Ontario Liberals supporters say they stand with teachers, one-quarter of Ontario PC supporters are not in lock-step with Ford — in fact, 22% of Tories say they stand with the teachers too.
Graves said the polling result is a teaser of a larger set of polling data on the Ford government’s labour dispute with teachers that will be released later this week.
The polling data, collected between January 15-19, comes as Ford’s point man on education has struggled during his moment in the spotlight.
Lecce had previously defended the plan by noting it would move Ontario closer to a model of education in Republican-controlled states like “Alabama” and “Arkansas.”
Later, a man portrayed in an article by the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington as an ordinary parent angry at teachers was revealed to be a conservative activist in Lecce’s home riding with apparent ties to the education minister.