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Thursday August 18, 2011
Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty and his Progressive Conservative rival Tim Hudak are locked in a statistical tie as Ontario gears up to elect a new premier, a new poll suggests.

Both Hudak and McGuinty have the support of about 30 per cent of voters, less than two months before the October election, according to the Nanos Research poll.

The poll, conducted for CTV, the Globe and Mail and CP24, asked 1,000 Ontarians of voting age who "would make the best premier of Ontario?"

McGuinty had 30.3 per cent support while Hudak had 28.7 per cent of support. Since the difference is within the margin of error for the poll, the two leaders are locked in a close race.

Meanwhile, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath trails the frontrunners with 12.2 per cent support, and 14.6 per cent of voters are undecided.

Additionally, 11 per cent of voters say none of the provincial leaders would make the best premier.

However, the Nanos poll results released Monday night suggest that McGuinty holds an edge over his rivals in terms of voter trust.

McGuinty was picked as the most trustworthy by 28.7 per cent of respondents, while 23 per cent picked Hudak.

However, support varies among genders, and Hudak has 34 per cent support from males but only 23 per cent among females. Continued...

Poll finds Ontario's Hudak, McGuinty neck and neck
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