The poll done by Toronto-based Forum Research Inc. this week shows the NDP was the choice of 36 per cent of decided and leaning respondents, with the Conservatives close behind at 33 per cent.
If you were an NDP MP/head of a local riding association/rank-&-filer why would you not want to see if the party couldn't win the big prize on its own? After all, I don't think the Liberals ever did this well under either Dion or Ignatieff.
As a side note, the quality of Forum's work aside, their PR strategy seems quite clever. Fling cheap robopolls out on every topic conceivable and bask in the MSM coverage you get as a result. Run a google search: Forum returns 8 pages of results filtered to news ; Nanos--who also have a poll out this morning showing the two parties tied--just two.
And what these polls also indicate, to me anyway, is that the future of the LPoC is probably not with Bob Rae, who has easily been eclipsed by Mulcair this past month or so. His statesmanlike demeanor seems more and more like a relic of the olden days. The party should not be making it easier for him to run for permanent leader, and I am starting think they should putting impediments in his way so as not to scare off other potentials.