Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A "Gaffe", Eh? Part Duh

Abacus Data finds 37% support for the Tories nationally, unchanged since January.

With newly installed leader Thomas Mulcair at the helm, the New Democratic Party has rocketed to 35% backing.

Far be it for me to contradict a polling company re their own poll, but Mulcair's original anti-tar-sands blast took place way back on May 5th; the Abacus poll was done on May 15th and 16th, right in the middle of the backlash.  To me that is not "too early" to measure the effect of his words on the NDP's popularity.  And so far they don't seem to have had any negative effect.  The next step is for Mulcair to visit Fort Mac and punch everyone he meets right in the kisser.  That might put the NDP over the elusive 40% mark.  People like a politician who will fight for their values.

3 comments:

sharonapple88 said...

With newly installed leader Thomas Mulcair at the helm, the New Democratic Party has rocketed to 35% backing.

I believe the last time the company took a federal politics poll it was back in January. Back then, when they had Nicole Turmel in charge, they had 28%. The jump could be because of the fact that they have an official leader in charge than anything else.

I suppose that the NDP have something to cheer in this poll, but so do the Conservatives. They're on top, in fact their support is unchanged from the last poll. Depressing considering all the scandals and controversial decisions that have hit this government. If the Conservatives can ride this out, it's a Pyrrhic victory for the opposition.

Robert G. Harvie said...

Polls...

Meh.. says this Wild Rose voter :)

Almost irrelevant at this stage, and, apparently, even the week before an election.

Bottom line is whether Mulcair will continue to leach support from Quebec Liberals, because there is not a Conservative voter in Canada likely to support Mulcair, regardless of what he does or doesn't do.

The real issue is, and has always been, the center to center right vote which swings back and forth between Liberal and Conservative support.

The committed left is largely irrelevant.

Steve W said...

Everyone hates Toronto? Not any more. With redneck, dirty oil Alberta in the public's cross hairs these days, a politician would be an idiot not to kick it for all its shit-kicking worth. The country has been bullied long enough by this yahoo province and it seems Mulcair has tapped into something tangible for people to rally behind. I love it.