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Deadlock in another poll.

Last week, Darrel Bricker, head of Ipso’s, made the statement that it appeared to him the Afghanistan controversy had little effect on Conservative polling numbers. Some made the suggestion from looking at the days polled he needed to wait one more poll before making that conclusion, and apparently those folks were right:

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have slipped into a virtual tie with the Liberals in support, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll.The Conservatives command 35% in support among decided voters, compared with 34% for the Liberals..The NDP sit at 14%, the Bloc Quebecois at 9%, and the Green Party at 7%… “It’s been a bad couple of weeks,” said Darrell Bricker, president of Ipsos Reid Public Affairs. “This was always a government with training wheels and the wheels are wobbling.”

This would confirm Decima’s recent polling of a “tie within the Margin of Error” polling they’ve been showing of late. As alluded to by Greg Weston of the Toronto Sun on Don Newman’s Inside Politics show, there are further polls coming out this weekend that Sunmedia did that shows apparently how much the Afghanistan debacle has turned Canadians off to the mission in general and with it, the Tories reputation. We’ll have to wait and see the specifics of those polls.

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1 comment to Deadlock in another poll.

  • I cannot see this poll as being good. It seems the Tories do best when the Afghanistan mission is off the radar. That being said Harper said he believes so strongly in the mission he would rather lose an election over it than abandon his position, so maybe we will just get that, lets hope. It would be interesting to see where the fiscal conservatives go next election since this government hasn’t exactly been fiscal conservative, yet it is mostly conservative in areas that involve bigger government (i.e. larger military, law and order, social conservatism) as opposed to areas that involve smaller government (lower taxes, less spending, less regulation).

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