The Conservatives' post election glow has faded somewhat, with support returning to its previously normal level in the mid to high 30s. Despite this, support for the Conservatives remains significantly higher than for other parties - the New Democrats and the Liberals are tied in the mid 20s range.
Toronto - Aug. 8, 2011 - The Conservatives' post election glow has faded somewhat, with support returning to its previously normal level in the mid to high 30s. Despite this, support for the Conservatives remains significantly higher than for other parties - the New Democrats and the Liberals are tied in the mid 20s range.
The NDP continues to enjoy strong support in Quebec, although this has also come down in view of Jack Layton's recent health news, adding fuel to the view that the NDP's ballot box support in May was largely a Layton phenomenon.
Meanwhile, the Tory post election drop in support has occurred when the government was less focused on the economy and more focused on issues like crime and cancelling the long gun registry. In the same period Liberal support increased five points nationally. However, interim Liberal leader Bob Rae's leadership numbers remain very weak, suggesting that the increase in Liberal support is likely more about the party being a parking place for voters in light of current Conservative policy focus.
Healthcare retained and strengthened its place as the top national unprompted issue of concern.
National Ballot Question: For those parties you would consider voting for federally, could you please rank your top two current local preferences? (Committed voters only - First Preference)
The numbers in parentheses denote the change from June 2011 (n=983).
*Undecided represents respondents who are not committed voters.
Leadership Index Questions: As you may know, [Rotate] Bob Rae is the interim leader of the federal Liberal Party, Stephen Harper is the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Jack Layton is the leader of the federal NDP, and Elizabeth May is the leader of the federal Green Party. Which of the federal leaders would you best describe as: (n=1,203)
Readers should note that both Michael Ignatieff and Gilles Duceppe have been dropped from the Leadership Index tracking.
Leadership Index Score
Jack Layton 88.5
Stephen Harper 86.9
Bob Rae 25.6
Elizabeth May 8.7
The Most Trustworthy Leader (n=1,203)
Jack Layton 32.7%
Stephen Harper 25.9%
Bob Rae 8.4%
Elizabeth May 3.9%
The Most Competent Leader (n=1,203)
Stephen Harper 32.3%
Jack Layton 25.9%
Bob Rae 9.4%
Elizabeth May 1.9%
The Leader with the Best Vision for Canada's Future (n=1,203)
Jack Layton 29.9%
Stephen Harper 28.7%
Bob Rae 7.8%
Elizabeth May 2.9%
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