A new poll suggests former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown holds a narrow lead over incumbent Linda Jeffrey in the Brampton mayoral race.
According to a survey by Mainstreet Research, 43.9 per cent of decided voters that were polled were in favour on Brown, while 39.3 per cent supported Jeffrey.
Quito Maggi, the president of the research company, said while Brown has an advantage going into the final weekend of the election, Jeffrey is “still very much in this race.”
“Brown has the advantage coming into the final weekend,” said Maggi. “But his lead is barely outside the margin of error and will still need to have a strong get-out-the-vote effort to see himself over the line on Monday.”
The survey also categorized residents by gender, showing that Brown was the most favoured candidate amongst men, while Jeffrey was with women — but not by major margins. Among decided female voters, 43.8 per cent picked Jeffrey while 41.1 per cent chose Brown.
The difference was slightly more apparent with decided male voters with 46.6 per cent voting for Brown and 39.3 per cent voting for Jeffrey.
Brown stepped down from the Ontario PC leadership in January, in the wake of a CTV News story in which he was accused of sexual misconduct involving young women. He has denied the allegations and is suing CTV for $8 million.
After Brown and Jeffrey, other candidates polled at much lower numbers with John Sprovieri holding at 6.6 per cent with decided voters.
The survey results also showed that 17.4 per cent of residents remain undecided.
The poll, conducted on Oct. 19, surveyed residents in 517 Brampton residents that were 18 years or older through automated phone calls. Mainstreet Research said the margin of error is 4.29 per cent margin of error, meaning its accurate 19 out of 20 times.
Voting day is Oct. 22.
Premila D’Sa is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @premila_dsa