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Thursday, June 30, 2022

According to a study, Ontario voters’ top issue is still healthcare

According to a poll, Ontario voters' top issue remains healthcare.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a new poll, despite rising living costs in Ontario, healthcare remains the top issue for Ontarians as they prepare to vote.
  • According to Nanos polling, health care has remained at the forefront of Ontario voters’ minds throughout the campaign.

According to a new poll, even as living costs rise in Ontario, healthcare remains the top issue for Ontarians as they prepare to vote.

According to the latest Nanos Research poll for CP24 and CTV News, 89 percent of respondents believe that investing in healthcare is a top priority for the next administration, regardless of who is elected.

The next problem cited as significant by voters, at 80%, is assisting Ontarians in managing the growing cost of living. This was followed by 78% support for environmental protection, 77% support for a stronger economy, and 77% support for making housing more accessible (71 percent).

Controlling taxes was ranked important by 66% of respondents while reducing crime was important by 58%.

Voters broadly shared these priorities in the GTA and the rest of Ontario.

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However, younger voters (18 to 34) ranked managing rising living costs as slightly more essential than investing in health care.

Between May 28 through May 31, 501 Ontario voters completed a hybrid online and phone poll. A survey of that measure has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points plus or minus 19 times out of 20.

The findings suggest that after more than 2 years of dealing with a global pandemic, voters are more conscious of the importance of preserving a strong healthcare system.

Aside from COVID-19, the healthcare system has been stressed in recent years by a backlog of services caused by the pandemic, as well as increased demand for mental health services.

According to a poll, Ontario voters' top issue remains healthcare.
According to a poll, Ontario voters’ top issue remains healthcare. Image from BayToday.ca

According to Nanos polling, health care has continuously stayed at the top of Ontario voters’ minds during the past month of the campaign.

When asked unprompted what an essential provincial concern is, 24% of respondents cited health care in the most recent survey. This is a minor decrease from earlier in the campaign. According to a survey issued on May 2, 26.6 percent of respondents ranked health care as the most critical problem.

However, it still has a significant lead over the next closest concern: the cost of living/inflation (17.1 percent in the latest survey vs. 11.9 percent on May 2).

On June 2, voters will go to the ballots.

Source: CTV news

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