Le Montréal Rematch: Coderre leads Plante in new poll

In the summer of 2017, a Léger poll showed then-Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre leading his mostly unknown city hall rival by a comfortable 14-point margin. In fact, this same poll measured that no fewer than 40 per cent of Montreal voters admitted not even knowing who Valérie Plante was - the same woman who would then go on to win the mayoral race three months later and become Montreal's first woman mayor. Coderre ran one of the most dispirited and uninspired campaign in recent memory, and Valérie Plante kept the momentum all the way to election day, when she won by a six-point margin over Coderre.

We present today a new poll from Mainstreet Research on the Montreal mayoral race. Obviously, because the election is still months away (scheduled for November 7), one should not read these numbers below as a prediction of the outcome of the mayoral election, but rather as a snapshot of the political landscape at the race's starting line. As we will see below, Montreal voters generally perceive both these candidates rather positively, so this campaign could potentially turn into a clash of titans.

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Philippe J. Fournier is the creator of Qc125 and 338Canada. He teaches physics and astronomy at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montreal. For information or media request, please write to info@Qc125.com.

Philippe J. Fournier est le créateur de Qc125 et 338Canada. Il est professeur de physique et d'astronomie au Cégep de Saint-Laurent à Montréal. Pour toute information ou pour une demande d'entrevue médiatique, écrivez à info@Qc125.com.