A new poll reveals that Ontarians are feeling more angry and frustrated than ever before, mainly due to their personal finances and Premier Doug Ford’s recent controversies.
The poll, conducted by Pollara, measured the “rage index” of Canadians across the country and found that Ontario ranked second, only behind Alberta, in terms of anger and annoyance.
The poll also showed that the index reached a record high in November, rising by one point from September.
According to the results, 60% of Ontarians reported feeling angry or annoyed, compared to 63% of Albertans, who topped the list.
Pollara’s chief strategy officer, Dan Arnold, explained that the sources of anger for Ontarians were both local and international.
“(We) also saw an increase in people who say that they are angry about their own personal finance situation,” explained Arnold.
“That’s probably important too because it’s more immediately impacting people themselves.”
He said that the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine and other regions have increased the level of attention and concern among Canadians, but also added that many Ontarians are feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living and the controversial Greenbelt scandal involving Ford.
The poll surveyed 3,000 Canadians online over the age of 18 and took place between Nov. 3 and Nov. 15.
It has a margin of error of 1.8% and was weighted to reflect the broader national population.