Harpers Conservatives Open big lead on Liberals
It seems that Canadians trust the Harper Conservatives more on bread and butter issues than they do the opposition Liberals. In an Ipsos Reid poll, Conservatives climbed 5% while the Liberals plunged 7%. The results of this poll could dampen speculation of a fall election.
The poll shows that Mr. Harpers Conservatives now command 39% of decided voters support, the Liberals 28%, NDP 14%, Green Party 10% and the BLOC Quebecois 8%.
It appears Michael Ignatieff has not been able to establish a national profile. If the trend continues, Ignatieff will soon hold the same poll numbers as the former Liberal Leader, Stephan Dion.
OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives have surged to a big lead over the opposition Liberals in the eyes of Canadian voters, reveals a new poll, a trend that could dampen speculation of a fall election.
In a discouraging sign for the Liberals, party leader Michael Ignatieff trails the prime minister on bread-and-butter issues at the forefront of many Canadians' minds, such as the ability to steer the economy through recovery and rebalance the country's finances. If the trend continues, Ignatieff could soon be facing roughly the same poll numbers as his beleaguered predecessor, Stephane Dion.
The Conservatives now command 39% in support among decided voters, compared with 28% for the Liberals, according to the survey, conducted exclusively for Canwest News Service and Global National by Ipsos Reid. Since the last Ipsos poll two months ago, the Tories have climbed five percentage points, while the Grits have slumped seven points.