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Polls: Bob Rae may be gaining support, and marijuana is popular

Those are the findings of one specific poll. First the poll #’s and the pollster’s speculation:

Buoyed by high approval ratings for interim leader Bob Rae, support for the federal Liberals is on the rise, according to a new poll. The Forum Research survey found support for Rae’s Liberals at 25 per cent, a four-point increase since the pollster’s last survey in mid-December. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives received 35 per cent, Nycole Turmel’s NDP had 28 per cent, while the Bloc Québécois and Green Party earned 6 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively….Bozinoff suggested the Liberals’ popularity increase may be attributed to Rae — the interim leader’s net approval rating among Canadian voters was 24 points higher than Harper’s, according to Forum.

It’s still a long way from the Liberal federal leadership convention, much less a federal election, and Rae hasn’t even declared himself running for the permanent leadership position just yet, but those poll #’s would be encouraging for him.

As for marijuana,  the Liberal’s endorsement of marijuana legalization may again be one of those under the radar issues that get them back into the political ballgame; it won’t do it on it’s own, but it may be a start, particularly if this is accurate:

marijuana legalization… according to another Forum poll, released earlier this week, had 66 per cent support among Canadians.

When support for an issue climbs (and opposition falls) to levels that are higher then the Conservative’s vote tally in the election, that is a potential wedge issue that can be used against them. I know a lot of pundits were ridiculing this motion when it was brought forth by the Young Liberal wing, but evidently, the  folks in the YLC had their hand on the pulse of a lot of Canadians with this issue.



3 comments to Polls: Bob Rae may be gaining support, and marijuana is popular

  • Observer

    The single most important thing, by a significantly wide margin, for the Liberal party to do is to start talking about (and then actually fixing) how the country’s economic system needs to be changed to benefit regular people.

    If you want to talk about pot – a la Paul Martin – go right ahead but that only goes to reinforce to most people that the Liberals are a bunch of irrelevant lefty hippies with not much sense as to how the world works.

    All issues do not have the same weight and importance.

    The *primary* struggle for regular people becomes the fight to make more money to improve their standing in life. Down through history – all societies, over all time – there’s only been three significant struggles: religion, freedom and money. Given that we have religious freedom and political freedom the only fight left is for the economic well being of you and your family.

    The Cons at least have an answer (“cut taxes and cut gov’t waste and we’ll all be prosperous”). It’s the wrong answer but at least it addresses people’s primary driving concerns as they go about their lives.

    If the Liberal party wants to ignore all that and go with pot and Bob Rae (also known as the man who was blamed for crashing the Ontario economy in 1990) then knock yourselves out.

    I don’t know what else to say but the Libs make it hard for normal non-political people to support them.

  • G.J.W.

    Marijuana is a personal choice, just as alcohol is. You can take it or leave it. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

    I had two friends that used marijuana. One had cancer, the other had crohn’s.

  • Michael

    Please Bob Rae win the leadership
    Please Bob Rae win the leadership
    Please Bob Rae win the leadership
    Please Bob Rae win the leadership
    Please Bob Rae win the leadership

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