Coderre the man to beat: poll
On the heels of last night's televised mayoralty debate, the candidates now have a pretty good indication of where they stand with the voters.
A Leger Marketing poll this morning — the first once since the campaign officially began — indicates that Denis Coderre has the early lead with 39 per cent of the decided vote.
Richard Bergeron comes in second, with 23 per cent support.
Marcel Côté is third, with 17 per cent, just ahead of Melanie Joly, at 16 per cent.
Leger's numbers show Coderre with a wide lead among voters 45 and older — the ones who are usually most likely to vote. He's also well in the lead among anglophones, francophones and allophones, and holds a commanding lead in all parts of the city, except for central Montreal (the Ville-Marie, Plateau and Rosemont boroughs), where Bergeron holds a 33-30 edge over Coderre.
Leger Marketing's Christian Bourque says Marcel Côté sitting in the third spot has his work cut out for him, because 51 per cent of respondents do not know who he is.
And 40 per cent of respondents say integrity and fighting corruption is the number one issue in this campaign.
Montrealers go to the polls on Nov. 3.