Olivia Chow leads early Toronto polls

Olivia Chow enters the Toronto mayoralty race on Thursday March 13, 2014. Stan Behal/Toronto...

Olivia Chow enters the Toronto mayoralty race on Thursday March 13, 2014. Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency

Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET

TORONTO ó Olivia Chow began leading public opinion polls the moment she threw her hat into the ring.

The same evening Chow announced her entry into the Toronto mayoral race, more than one-third, 36%, of a sample of 1,271 voters said they would pick her on the ballot if the election was held that day, according to Forum Research.

That would mean Rob Ford would fall behind Chow at 28% and less than a quarter would vote John Tory at 22%.

Karen Stintz would hold a scant 5% of the vote and David Soknacki 2%. The remaining 7% have no opinion on the topic.

"By actually entering the race after standing on the sidelines for so long, Olivia Chow appears to have stolen the wind from John Tory's sails, and left both he and Rob Ford in her wake," Forum president Lorne Bozinoff said.


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