Ontarians Believe Next Government Should Make Reduction of Poverty a 'Priority'



    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - As the party leaders criss-cross the province
in an attempt to gain support going into the provincial election on October
10th, a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of Daily Bread Food Bank
reveals that most Ontarians believe that the reduction of poverty should be a
priority for the next Government of Ontario. More specifically, nearly one
half (45%) of Ontarians maintain that the reduction of poverty should be a
'high priority' for the next government, while a similar proportion believes
(43%) that it should be a 'medium priority'. Just one in ten (8%) suggest that
the reduction of poverty should be a 'low priority' for the next government,
while even fewer (4%) believe that this policy area is 'not a priority at
all'.
    Buoyed by the strong polling results, Daily Bread Food Bank will be
campaigning with the Hungry City election bus this afternoon. Daily Bread
executive director Gail Nyberg will be amongst those mainstreeting to add to
the list of 7,500 GTA residents who have already made their mark in support of
a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy with timelines and targets.

    
           What:    Hungry City Election Bus Tour

           Where:   12:30-2:00 Danforth and Chester in front of the "Carrot
                    Common"

                    2:30-4:00 Annex, between Spadina and Bathurst

                    4:30-6:00 Yonge-Dundas
    

    Gail Nyberg will be available to comment on the Ipsos poll. Interested
media should call in advance, as the Hungry City election bus schedule is
subject to change.

    Daily Bread Food Bank is the largest food bank in Canada, serving over
905,000 people per year in the GTA through a network of neighbourhood food
banks. On June 5, 2007, Daily Bread launched its Hungry City initiative, which
calls on all three provincial parties to commit to a poverty reduction plan
with timelines and targets as part of their election platforms. Daily Bread's
networks of 160 member agencies took up the challenge too and have been
hosting events to gather support. So far, over 7,500 individuals have shown
their support for the initiative by signing on at hungrycity.ca.

    These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of the
Daily Bread Food Bank from Aug 31 to Sep 7, 2007. For the survey, a
representative randomly selected sample of 905 adults living in Ontario was
interviewed online. With a sample of this size, the results are considered
accurate to within +/-3.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they
would have been had the entire adult population been polled. The margin of
error will be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey
population. These data were weighted to ensure that the sample's regional and
age/sex composition reflects that of the actual Ontario population according
to Census data.





For further information:

For further information: Michael Oliphant, Director, Research &
Communications, T: (416) 450-0496, michael@dailybread.ca


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