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The honeymoon for Ignatieff with the press, public continues.

I’ve seen a couple of indicators of that today. First the polling numbers for the parties:

The (Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey) poll also suggests Conservatives and Liberals are statistically tied, with 31 per cent and 33 per cent support respectively, well ahead of the NDP at 15 per cent, the Greens at 10 per cent and the Bloc Quebecois at 10 per cent.

Then the leadership numbers:

Ignatieff was the only national leader to score a net positive rating, with 43 per cent of respondents saying they had a favourable impression of him versus 32 per cent who had an unfavourable opinion. Harper was viewed favourably by 43 per cent and unfavourably by 49 per cent, relatively unchanged since last October’s election. Layton was seen positively by 37 per cent and negatively by 49 per cent of respondents, almost a complete reversal since the election campaign when the NDP leader was the most favourably viewed national leader.

Finally, the press are still apparently favourable towards the new Liberal leader; I draw that from 2 admittedly rather fluffy articles I saw being referenced over at Macleans today. One was detailing Michael’s favourite things (cue Julie Andrews Sound of Music song here), while the other opined how the columnist thought Michael and his wife Zsuszanna were (still) enamored with one another. (Can Valentine’s Day hurry up, get here, and be done with?)

Undoubtedly, part of this is dealing with Michael’s unknown factor with the public, but unlike with Stephane Dion, the Conservatives have been unable or unwilling to try and “define” Igantieff with the public, as they did with Dion. Part of that may be the fact that they know the public won’t buy the sell, and part of it may be they know if they stoop to such partisan cheapshots in the middle of an economic meltdown, it won’t go over too well.

(H/T Steve V for the polling)

7 comments to The honeymoon for Ignatieff with the press, public continues.

  • Roll Tide

    “the press are still apparently favourable towards the new Liberal”

    This is no surprise, the Liberal media will continue to love Ignatieff. He will have an endless honeymoon.

  • Awww that’s so romantic. BEE My Valentine! BEE Mine! bbbzzzzz

    How about a post on 10 top 2009 Valentine gifts Scott? I will read…promise.. *s*

  • Roll Tide

    Let Ignatieff force an election.

  • Chrystal

    That’s a bit of a myth. There were a couple polls, down right after the convention that showed a bounce, although a couple showed the Libs ahead before Dion took over. If it was a bounce, it lasted about a week, because some of the polls three weeks after the convention had the Cons back out front.

  • Of interest to me is that Iggy hasn’t managed to get the numbers Dion did soon after his selection as leader.

  • Scott:

    It looks like the initial CP release had the numbers reversed. It now shows:

    The poll suggests the Tories and Liberals were statistically tied, with 33 per cent and 31 per cent support respectively, well ahead of the NDP at 15 per cent, the Greens at 10 per cent and the Bloc Quebecois at 10 per cent.

    Still good, but thought I’d pass it on for clarity.

  • Greg

    As for Layton, no big surprise. He backed the coalition which, as every news outlet in the country told us, evil and basically anti-Canadian. Propaganda works.

    As for Iggy, the press love him because they are bored with Harper. Dion wouldn’t have been able to get away with Iggy’s “probation” scheme and we all know it.

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