...or at least makes for good polling results:
OTTAWA–Newly appointed Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is in a virtual tie with Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the person Canadians think would be the best to lead the country, a new poll exclusive to the Star reveals.
Frankly, I've never put much money on the leadership numbers. Lets cut straight to the chase:
The survey also shows the Liberals rise to 31 per cent in voting intentions – an increase of nine percentage points since earlier this month, and the Conservatives drop five percentage points to 37 per cent in the same period.
Hmm. About where it always is. But at least the Tories are out of Majority territory. The post-Coalition upward blip was just that. An adrenalin fuelled "rally round the flag" effect. Hopefully, this new result will keep Harper and Co. from getting too uppity in their Jan. budget.
Here is the most interesting result, however:
The NDP was the choice of 15 per cent of respondents – down three percentage points...
Looks like all that coalition talk really turned their supporters off.
So, not a bad start. Mind you, here's an IPSOS poll to keep you humble.