NDP still surging; Tories hold steady
The answers (no, no, no and no) are evident in Harris-Decima results for The Canadian Press since the election. Over the last two weeks (a total sample of 2,000, all data gathered before the Liberals chose Bob Rae as interim leader) here is what we see:
» The Conservative Party is polling at 38 per cent, down slightly from 39.6 per cent on Election Day.
» The NDP finds 33 per cent support, compared to 30.6 per cent on Election Day.
» The Liberal Party is at 15 per cent, down from an 18.9 per cent result.
» The Bloc is at 22 per cent in Quebec; 23.4 per cent was their total on May 2. …
» In the latest week results, the NDP are running at a new high of 49 per cent in Quebec. If all the coverage of so-called Vegas MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau was going to rattle Quebec voters, there’s no evidence that happened. If anything, Quebeckers seem pretty enthused with the sense of freshness of their representation in Ottawa.
» In Ontario, the NDP is at 32 per cent, seven points behind the Conservative Party, with the Liberals dropping to 19 per cent, six points below their result on election night.
» Among female voters, the NDP leads at 37 per cent nationally, compared to 33 per cent for the Conservatives, and a stunning 16 per cent for the Liberal Party.
» Among men, the Conservatives are at 42 per cent, the NDP at 30 per cent and the Liberals at a record low of 14%.
I’m glad we got our majority, fellow Tories. Aren’t you?
It’s good to see that our support is resilient — once you vote for Harper, you stick with Harper. But those NDP numbers in Ontario — wow.
Yes, Liberals, I think all you’ve got left in your kit-bag is old-style Trudeauvian federalism — the NDP can’t follow you there, and you would have a base to win and then work out from.