Canada's Conservatives are slipping in Polls - Lead Narrowed to 6
Canada's Conservative minority gouvernment, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper is slipping in popularity among Canadians. Just a few weeks ago they were leading by double digits over the Liberal party.
Plagued with the detainee issue, an apparent apathy towards the climate change conference in Copenhagen and the recent proroguing of Parliament seem to have taken a toll on the Conservatives.
Blogs and comments on news stories indicate that there is a growing dissatisfaction and mistrust of the Prime Minister. Canadians seem to be concerned that proroguing was a move by the government to shut down further investigation of the detainee issue.
A senior diplomat had made allegations that Canada had turned over Afghan detainees to Afghan authorities with full knowledge that these detainees would face torture. The government has taken extraordinary steps to discredit the diplomat.
Proroguing the Parliament is effectively shuts down Parliament's work, including committees. Any legislation tabled dies and has to be reintroduced.
Harper is also in the process of appointing five more Senators, which would give him parity if not a slight majority in the Liberal dominated Senate. Senators are appointed by the Prime Minister of the day in Canada.
An EXKOS poll indicates if an election were to take place today, 33% of Canadian would chose the Conservatives, while 27.8% would chose the Liberals, followed by 16% for the New Democrats.
Previous polls had the Conservatives close to 40% popularity.
Support for the Conservatives is waning somewhat, with more than 33 per cent of Canadians saying they would vote for the party if a federal election were held tomorrow, an EKOS poll suggests.
The poll, released exclusively to CBC News on Thursday, asked Canadians whom they supported. A total of 33.1 per cent of the 1,744 respondents chose the Conservatives, while 27.8 per cent picked the Liberals.
The numbers from this week's survey, conducted Jan. 4 and Jan. 5, contrast with those from the last EKOS poll done for the CBC between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15. It put support for the Conservatives at 35.9 per cent and the Liberals at 26.7 per cent.