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Decima drops the Cons. lead on the Liberals to 4 points today.

The new Harris-Decima poll shows a narrowing gap of 4 between the Cons and the Liberals based on, you guessed it, economic worries:

The latest Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll gave Harper’s Conservatives 31 per cent support across Canada, just four percentage points clear of the resurgent Liberals. The New Democrats had 20 per cent support, with the Greens at 12 and the Bloc Quebecois at eight per cent. Four of every 10 respondents – particularly women, city-dwellers and older, affluent voters – say the roller-coaster markets are causing them to rethink their vote, largely at the expense of the Tories, said Harris-Decima president Bruce Anderson.

The Liberals remain well clear of the Cons. in Ontario, the Cons remain mired in 3rd place in Quebec, and here might be the most important part of the poll:

Wednesday’s poll also suggested newfound support for Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, who is “marginally more popular” than Harper for the first time in the campaign, Anderson noted. Positive impressions of Dion stood at 41 per cent, with 48 per cent of respondents reporting the opposite. Some 51 per cent of respondents said they had a negative impression of Harper, while 40 per cent were positive.

This poll was taken, I suspect, before the nation got to hear the PM tell everyone that people were panicking and there were great buying opportunities out there in the stock market. I’ll be interested to see how that comment reverberates with the Canadian public over the next day or 2.

UPDATE @ 11:40 am: Haha. Great snark by Kady O’Malley:

…for the first time ever, the Most Leaderiest Prime Minister in the History of Ever is one point below the European-schooled sociologist when it comes to having a “favourable impression” : 40% – a new low – with Not A Leader at 41%

3 comments to Decima drops the Cons. lead on the Liberals to 4 points today.

  • the Top 10 Stephen Harper election promises.

    Number…
    10. Free “lawn mounties” with every purchase of a snow shovel.

    9. Steve promises not to take any more political advice from George Bush or Mayor McCheese.

    8. Free beer for every Canadian who says “eh” after every sentence, eh?

    7. Steve promises to work the words, “Kiss me, I’m Canadian” into our national anthems’ lyrics.

    6. Sell Quebec to the Japanese for billions by telling them its Euro-Disney. (Ooops, sorry. That’s one of Steve’s Top 10 ways to sell out Canada).

    Number 5. Steve promises not to start his next re-election bid at least until the end of the month and, he also promises to give up his Bob Barker haircut.

    4. Nothing for the kids… er¼ make that free beaver rides for the kids!

    3. Longer hockey games. Introduce an extra 4th period of hockey.

    2. Steve promises never to call an election he promised he wouldn’t call and then introduce his platform at the last minute after the opposition leaders reminded during the debate that he should have one if he wants to be like a real Prime Minister. Naw, forget that. That’s just incredibly stupid.

    …and finally, the number one Stephen Harper Conservative Party platform plank…

    1. Steve will create a new cabinet post, Minister of Tim Horton’s

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  • PenGwen

    Very similar to comments made by Donald Trump last week. He was encouraging Americans to go out and get a loan to buy a house.

  • I agree about the terrible quote Harper doled out yesterday, and I noticed he even refused to be helped off his own hook in the Mansbridge interview, repeating his “let them eat cake” moment with a smirk on his thin lips while he looked down off-camera.

    I’m pushing out the new unintended CPC slogan, ready made for the final week of the campaign: “Tank By Tuesday!!”

    They can do it – they sure seem to be trying anyway.

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