A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Polls, Polls, Polls.

From the ctv.ca main website: Poll Taken in Last week Shows Liberals ahead.

OTTAWA -- Respondents to a new national poll placed the federal Liberals ahead of the Conservatives for the first time in almost a year.

However, the narrow Liberal lead in the Decima poll was within the three-percentage-point margin of error, which means it's too close to say who's really ahead.

The Grits had the support of 33 per cent of respondents nationally, while the Tories had 31 per cent, the NDP had 15 per cent and the Green party had 10.

This is all fine and dandy to report on; There were other polls out last week which showed results that are slightly more encouraging for the Tories, but still not great.

Evironics had it close:

Conservative: 33%
Liberal: 32%
NDP: 19%
Bloc: 9%
Green: 5%

Environics also showed a healthy 63% of Canadians were satisfied with the way things were going in the country.

Angus-reid shows the Tories hanging on to the lead:

Conservatives - 31%
Liberals - 28%
NDP - 18%
BQ - 9%
Green - 9%

These polls are all recent, so they come in wake of the Income Trust announcement; The numbers aren't great, but that's to be expected in the wake of such a move. We can probably expect our numbers to go up slightly soon as investors get over their anger (most pundits agree that the Government made the right move). Additionally, while party fortunes are down in Quebec, the Tories seem to be neck and neck with the Liberals in Ontario, which is encouraging.

Personally though, I'd like to see some good news from the government, and fast. I remain confident, however, that Harper has an ace up his sleeve - he's proven to be a capable and confident leader before, and I think we'll see more of that in the future.

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