Thursday, January 14, 2010

Prorogation hammers Conservative support in polls

About time:

Voter anger over Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to have Parliament prorogued is costing the government heavily in public support.

The Conservatives, who were flirting with majority-government popularity in the fall, are suddenly tied with the Liberals, or headed in that direction, according to two polls released Wednesday.

Although there had been some softening in support before Christmas, it appears that Mr. Harper’s decision on Christmas week to suspend Parliament until March struck a nerve. A word that many had not heard of and few could spell has suddenly become the latest tactically clever move by the Conservatives that turned out to be too clever by half.

A poll released Wednesday by The Strategic Counsel shows the Conservatives with 31-per-cent support, a full 10 points down from October, when the firm last polled voters.

The Liberal Party is at 30 per cent, which essentially has them tied with the Tories, given the poll’s margin of error of 2.3 per cent. They were at 28 per cent in October. The NDP is at 18 per cent, up a healthy four points, and the Greens are holding steady at 10 per cent.

From the Globe. At this rate, the Cons could actually lose the next election. Can't happen fast enough, as far as I'm concerned. And the showing of the NDP could be impressive too... balance of power, perhaps?

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