Poll has Ontario Liberals, Tories in dead heat, but shows hunger for change

TORONTO - Respondents in a new opinion poll on the Ontario election are split in who they are backing, but a majority say they are hungry for change.

Thirty-six per cent of respondents say they'd back the Progressive Conservatives, while 35 per cent say they'd support the incumbent Liberals.

Twenty-five per cent say they'd back the New Democrats, while three per cent say they'd support the Greens or another party.

The poll also found that 63 per cent of respondents think that the Liberals have been in power too long and it's time for a change.

That compares to just 37 per cent who say Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals have done a good job and deserve to be re-elected.

The online poll, which surveyed nearly 1,000 respondents between Sept. 26 to 28, was conducted by Environics Research Group and provided exclusively to The Canadian Press.

Unlike a traditional telephone poll, in which respondents are randomly selected, the Environics survey was conducted online.

The respondents were chosen from a larger pool of people who were recruited and compensated for participating.

The non-random nature of online polling makes it impossible to determine the statistical accuracy of how the poll reflects the opinions of the general population.

Polling results on party preference includes decided voters and those who are leaning towards a certain party.

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