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John Tory 'Honeymoon' Continues, Poll Finds

01/12/2015 07:20 EST | Updated 03/14/2015 05:59 EDT

Almost three months after his election, Toronto's "honeymoon" with Mayor John Tory continues, although voters are split on his move to further study privatizing trash pickup in the city's east end, according to a new poll.

The poll, released Monday by Mainstreet Technologies, shows Tory with a whopping 73 per cent approval rating, though council as a whole received only 51 per cent approval.

The poll has 2,320 respondents and a margin of error plus or minus 2.03 per cent.

The poll asked voters to weigh in on Tory's call for further study a plan that would privatize trash pickup in the city's east end.

Tory vowed to go ahead with privatizing east-end pickup during his campaign but last week opted instead to study the issue further.

The poll shows voters evenly split on the issue, with 43 per cent in favour of further study and 42 per cent opposed.

Respondents to the poll were also asked about the much-debated plan for Scarborough transit expansion.

Council has opted for a three-stop subway extension, but 53 per cent of poll respondents are in favour of adding a fourth stop at a cost of about $150 million. A total of 33 per cent of poll respondents were against adding a fourth stop.

"Mayor John Tory’s honeymoon is in full swing” said Mainstreet Technologies President, Quito Maggi. “But the public is not fully onside with his view on the Scarborough subway and they are split on his decision to delay garbage privatization instead of taking immediate action as he promised in the election."

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