The CBC News network is reporting the results of this week’s EKOS poll1 of voter intentions. When asked who they would vote for if an election were to be held tomorrow, 34.4 per cent (up from last week’s 33.6 per cent) of the respondents said their choice would be the Conservatives, while 51.1 per cent said the country is moving in the right direction. According to the poll, the liberals were down two full points at 25.1 per cent, and at 15.3 per cent, the NDP were down 1.6 per cent.
Michael Ignatieff still can’t connect with enough Canadian voters to be considered a real threat to the Conservatives. He remains Canada’s least popular Federal leader. A recent Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey found 52 per cent of Canadians have a negative impression of the Liberal leader, compared with 26 per cent who have a positive impression.
Liberal pundits claim Ignatieff’s poor showing is because he is in opposition and, unlike the Tories who use public funds to publicize themselves, they (Liberals) don’t have the equivalent advertizing budget. This reasoning, however, flies in the face of the fact Jack Layton received the most favourable ratings in the same poll.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to be denied majority territory because of weak support in Quebec and the voter split with the Liberals in Ontario.
It seems to me that, while we conservatives can take some comfort from the almost 10 point lead the Conservatives have opened up over the Grits, we need to see the Tories in majority territory. I hear more and more rumblings that the New Democrats will play ball with the Liberals in a more (British-like) official way than in the past. Such a possibility is not good news for Canadians.
1EKOS randomly surveyed 2,794 people by telephone between May 12 and May 18. The poll is considered accurate to within plus or minus 1.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. See CBC News story here.