New Year brings drop in Conservative support - Macleans.ca

New Year brings drop in Conservative support

Tories lose ground in Ontario, Harper tied with Layton in approval rating: poll

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A new survey conducted by Vision Critical and Angus Reid shows support for the Conservative government has dropped slightly to 34 percent, while Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s approval rating is now tied with Jack Layton’s at 26 per cent. The NDP, meanwhile, dropped 1 point to 17 per cent. The Liberals, now at 28 per cent, gained slightly among the 1,008 Canadian adults polled, but Michael Ignatieff, now at 12 per cent, has seen a 20-point drop in public approval. Canadians are most upset with the House of Commons, which earned a 47 per cent disapproval rate. The poll concludes that “the start of 2011 did not provide a boost to the Conservative Party, with a noticeable drop across the country and in Ontario—the key battle ground for the next federal election.” The Bloc and the Greens each gained one point and now sit at 11 and eight per cent, respectively.

Vision Critical/Angus Reid

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