The poll reveals that the Liberals have support of 33 per cent of voters nationally, the Conservatives have 31 per cent, the NDP 17 per cent, Bloc Québécois 9 per cent and Green party 7 per cent.The ads are now being factored in to the questions and the ads appear to be reinforcing Harper's negatives, continuing a pattern we saw developing last week:
It also shows the Liberals have a 7-point lead over the Conservatives in Ontario (43 per cent to 36 per cent). In B.C., the Liberals are in second place behind the Conservatives (45 to 26). In Quebec, the Liberals trail the Bloc by just three points (36 to 33) with Conservatives far behind at 10 per cent.
...while 42 per cent of poll respondents said their opinion of Ignatieff worsened after seeing the ad about the Liberal leader, 50 per cent said their opinion of Harper also worsened.That latter point is good news for the moment when an Ignatieff response or advertising of any kind actually reaches a broader audience. But you know, maybe with such numbers the Liberals may be able to hold off on such a launch and let the Conservatives dilute their funds in the meantime. For some reason, this fun little clip comes to mind:
While the ad attempts to portray Ignatieff as an arrogant elitist, Canadians actually think Harper is the more arrogant, said Mario Canseco, vice-president of Angus Reid Strategies. And the reaction of the respondents who watched Ignatieff's rebuttal – airing on YouTube – was "remarkably positive." (emphasis added)
We'll see...onward to the next poll...