The survey of 721 residents, gathered over the last four days of last week, put Liberal support at 41 per cent, compared with 33 per cent for the Conservatives, 13 per cent for the New Democrats and 11 per cent for the Greens.
While the poll's margin of error was 3.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, Anderson called the result "remarkable" and "statistically significant."
"We had been looking at gaps between the two parties of three to five percentage points," Anderson said in an interview.
"What we're really seeing (now) is a gap that is more like nine percentage points."
Anderson said the Conservatives appeared to have lost steam as a consequence of their showcase commitment - bringing private religious schools under the public funding umbrella.
As Scott already pointed out, the NDP and Greens are statistically tied, which is a new dynamic in Ontario politics. It will be interesting to see if the numbers hold, or if the Green support erodes, but the impact of this vote splitting is hard to gauge.
What is easily understood, the faith-based school issue looks like an albatross around Tory's neck, and the Liberals are well placed to retain a majority. It's still early, but clearly some voters are spooked and Tory will have a hard time moving past this gaffe, particularly when others will be happy to keep it front and center. Why any strategist would conclude this issue should be the "showcase" commitment is beyond me, the land mines seem obvious, for a party desperate to shed its past and look moderate.