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Vote Compass shows Torontonians want more help for city's poor

10/25/2014 05:57 EDT | Updated 12/25/2014 05:59 EST
Torontonians want their next mayor to do more to help the city's poor and homeless, preliminary results from Vote Compass show.

Vote Compass helps voters see how their views stack up to the positions of candidates vying for Toronto's top job.

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So far, nearly 54,000 people have answered a series of questions on the Vote Compass site on issues like taxes, transit, and law and order. The following analysis is based on 21,481 respondents who answered questions from September 29 through October 20.

Only one out of 10 respondents supported city council reducing the amount it spends on supporting low-income Torontonians. Less than one in 30 respondents said there should be much less spending.

Even among mayoral candidate Doug Ford's supporters, only about 30 per cent said they wanted the city to spend less in that area.

More than half of respondents wanted the city to spend somewhat more or much more than it currently does.

Panhandling should be banned

Despite wanting more funding for the impoverished, nearly half of the respondents wanted panhandling banned in Toronto. Nearly half said they either somewhat agreed or strongly agreed with a panhandling ban. Ford's supporters were made up the majority of those who strongly agreed, while Olivia Chow's supporters made up the minority.

Only 10 per cent strongly disagreed with a ban.

Voters would also like to see a slight increase in the number of homeless shelters in the city. Nearly half wanted somewhat more shelters in  Toronto, and virtually nobody called for a decrease.

Vox Pop Labs is an independent, non-partisan group of social researchers and data scientists that developed Vote Compass. The respondent data was weighted using the latest census data to approximate a representative sample of the Toronto population.

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