September 27, 2008


Harper edges closer to majority: Liberal support bleeding to Conservatives, NDP; Bloc surging in Quebec (TONDA MACCHARLES, 9/27/08, Toronto Star)

The Conservatives have a tenuous grasp on a majority government, while the Liberals and New Democrats are in a dead heat for second place, a new poll shows.

The survey, conducted for the Toronto Star by Angus Reid Strategies, found that 40 per cent of Canadians would vote Conservative if an election were held tomorrow.

The Liberals under St├ęphane Dion continue to drop, losing core supporters to the Tories as well as to the other parties. For the first time in the campaign, the Liberals and New Democrats, under Jack Layton, are tied at 21 per cent support. The Greens register 7 per cent support nationally.

There are several stories in the poll, which plumbed the views of 1,508 Canadians at the end of the third week of the campaign for the Oct. 14 election. In fact, the horse race is becoming an issue itself: The poll suggests Canadians are now seriously weighing what a majority Conservative government under Harper would mean.

W isn't just going to have outlasted Cretin but his party at this rate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2008 7:48 AM
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