One of the major Conservative talking points online has been “Look at the polls that Global and CTV have put up at their sites! 70 – 80% are against what the coalition is doing!!!”
Those are not scientific polls, and one thing Conservatives both in the US and up here are good at are “freeping” online polls to make it look like their views are the majority view. Real polls are what count, and we have our first real poll out this evening from Angus Reid on the unprecedented goings-on in the past few days, and guess what, the numbers don’t favour Harper or his Con-bots:
35 per cent saying the party should continue to govern and 40 per cent wanting change, according to an Angus Reid Strategies poll for CTV News.
In addition, when asked what should happen if the government were to fall, a slight plurality would favour a coalition government:
* Opposition coalition: 37 per cent
* Holding a federal election: 32 per cent
* No sure: 24 per cent
* Allowing the opposition to run by accord: 7 per cent
If the opposition ran the House of Commons by accord, it would mean one ruling party with the support of one or more parties who do not have MPs with cabinet posts.
The big poll result out of this tho: a overwhelming number of Canadians support a stimulus package, which just happens to be the cornerstone of the coalition- 75% want a stimulus, a paltry 17% against. So there is room to grow for our side, but we have plurality opinion on our side at least in this first poll, and these numbers show that so far, Canadians haven’t been swayed by Conservative fear-mongering.