Thursday, August 05, 2010

Below 30


A bit of movement this week on our incremental political landscape:
The federal Conservatives' lead over the Liberal Party appears to have evaporated, with both parties virtually tied at the same level of support, a new EKOS poll suggests.

The ruling Tories had enjoyed a notable lead over the Liberals in recent weeks, but the latest poll, released exclusively to CBC, found that 29.7 per cent of respondents would vote for the Tories if an election were held today, compared with 28.5 per cent for the Liberals.

Support for the Conservatives had not dropped below 30 per cent since late 2006.

Support for the Liberals has gone up by three percentage points since the previous week, while the Tories have seen a 3.5 percentage point drop.
Not since 2006 they say. Underscoring the Martin thesis today, Mr. Harper has taken his party to a hardened minority but no further with his Achilles heel of partisan excess. Below 30. Should be heaps of fun at that big Conservative caucus meeting today as they "plot fall strategy."

Maybe someone might want to get around to a rethink on that census issue as part of the strategy. It has dominated the news, there must be some connection here.