Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow nets a +24-point approval rating in October. But with 41% of Torontonians saying their assessment of her performance is "neutral" or that they "don't know," Chow has an opportunity to further shape public opinion before it solidifies.

Our October 13-16, 2023 survey asked Torontonians whether they approve or disapprove of Mayor Olivia Chow’s performance in her role as Toronto’s mayor.

Overall, Mayor Chow enjoys a net approval rating of +24 points:

  • 41% of Torontonians approve of the job she’s doing as Toronto’s mayor
  • 17% disapprove
  • 41% report a rating of “neutral” or that they don’t know, giving Mayor Chow a significant opportunity to generate good (…or ill) will before public opinion hardens

Mayor Chow enjoys strong approval numbers among left-wing Toronto residents (66% approve).

Younger (35% approve) and middle-aged (38% approve) Torontonians are similarly favourable toward the mayor. Torontonians aged 55 and older have the highest approval levels at 48%.

Across all these groups, however, the percentage of Torontonians who say they’re “neutral” or “don’t know” presents Mayor Chow with an opportunity to shape public opinion (especially among young people and moderates) before it solidifies.

Methodological note: This survey was conducted online from October 13 to 16, 2023, with a sample size of 675 adults (18+) residing in Toronto (postal codes beginning with “M”).  Respondents were recruited from a blend of online panel providers to maximize representativeness. Sample imbalances were minimized through the use of quota sampling on age and gender, and post-stratification survey weights were applied to correct for any remaining observable sample imbalance. The margin-of-error for an equivalently sized probability sample is +/- 3.8% (19 times out of 20). Margins-of-error for subgroups are larger commensurate with their share of the population. Reported percentages may not always add to 100 due to rounding. This survey was paid for by Pluriel.