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Friday’s snippets: polls and strategy

Several things have caught my eye today – a lot to do with polls and strategy.

– Another poll result from Angus-Reid (albeit with the caveat that it’s an online one) agrees with SC and Environics and shows that the status quo remains with no movement really for any party.

– A separate poll, also released by Angus-Reid, (doesn’t say whether its an online one or not) shows that the majority of Canadians do not support the Conservatives in their opposition to safe-injection sites, such as the program out in Vancouver. The Harperites are also offside with Canadian opinion on marijuana; more then half support its legalization. Cue the right wing blogs gnashing of teeth over this finding. (H/T to Buckdog)

– In yet another Angus-Reid online poll (these guys were busy!), the nation wasn’t exactly captivated with the Throne Speech, but most are either unsure of whether it’s passage should be allowed or figure there isn’t enough revolting in there to bring the government down – a poll that would make some Liberals advising Dion happy he didn’t go (though not me).

– Interesting to see that both Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff advised Dion against going to an election, but I obviously share Quito’s sentiments. I will note however, that if you were to believe the stories that some anti-Dion Liberals wanted an early election so Dion would presumably lose and allow their particular favourite person a chance to gain the leadership, then you’d have to presume by these actions that Rae and/or Iggy aren’t amongst those with that line of thinking, and not  joining in the backstabbing that seems to be taking place amongst some of their supporters in the party, particularly in Quebec.

I think that mini-revolt against Dion needs to be quelled, but I also think Dion’s advisers and Dion need to start listening to other people not in their circle – particularly those who weren’t “Dionistas” at the last Liberal convention. The perception out there from what I’ve listened to and heard is that the ring of advice has been closed off to those confidants. Perhaps David Smith and John Rae’s appointment as senior advisers, as well as the appointment of Johanne Sénécal, the new Principle Secretary, is the start of Dion acknowledging this.

– Warren Kinsella’s advice to the Liberals is pretty good. I hope someone reads it up in the OLO (or even Dion).


1 comment to Friday’s snippets: polls and strategy

  • Joseph

    My guess is they were ready to launch all these poll results as Canada headed into an election, and are now disappointingly left to dump them into regular news cycles.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see more released from other entities over the weekend.What a bummer for them to have spun their wheels so .  .  .

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