H/T to the dude behind Libnews, who notes that bloggers have generally missed this poll from Decima, which ranks the top five candidates for Liberal Leadership by voter preference:
When voters who aren't sure are taken out of the mix, former Ontario premier Bob Rae inches ahead of the others: 26 per cent of respondents said they would vote Liberal or consider voting Liberal if Rae were at the party's helm, compared with 23 per cent for former cabinet minister Stephane Dion and 21 per cent for Ignatieff.
In Ontario, Rae has an even wider lead over the perceived front-runner, with 11 per cent more voters saying they would vote Liberal or consider voting Liberal if he were leader than if Ignatieff won.
Obviously, good news for Bob Rae. His rep among potential voters is not nearly as bad as some, myself included, have thought. Bad news for Iggy, just as obviously. Despite being the candidate of the Liberal Establishment, he ranks a mere third among contenders. His supporters must be asking themselves if they are doing any more than propping up an empty suit.
Also bad news for Gerard Kennedy, whose numbers are not given in the Canada.com article, but who presumably gets 20 per cent or less.
And I suppose Dion is about where he would be expected to be.
I guess being Education Minister for Ontario isnt's as high-profile a job as I thought.