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Abacus asks the big questions: Which leader would you let babysit?

Abacus Data asks some unique questions to get insight into the lighter side of politics: how Canadians perceive our leaders


 

Abacus Data has been providing Maclean’s with exclusive data on the 2015 campaign. Most recently, its polls revealed a three-way race that is as tight as it’s ever been, showing that the NDP’s national support has waned just enough—weighed down by a new weakness in battleground Ontario—to allow the Liberals back in the chase.

Related: Abacus Poll: Mulcair remains mystery to voters, but it’s a double-edged sword

As part of that deeper polling data, Abacus asked some unique questions that provided rare insight into how Canadians see the party leaders.  And while it’s true our electoral system means we vote for individual MPs, not a prime minister, there’s no way to ignore the fact that the perception of Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau, currently roaming the country in an effort to connect with Canadians, will affect this three-way election.

So the questions may not seem particularly serious. “Who would you prefer to babysit your children for an evening?” isn’t a question you’ll hear at any upcoming national debate. But for better or worse, these kinds of questions may play a significant role when Canadians head to the ballot box come October 19.

About the poll

The Abacus survey was commissioned by Maclean’s and conducted online Aug. 26-28, with 1,500 Canadians aged 18 and over. A random sample of panelists was invited to complete the survey from a large representative panel of more than 500,000 Canadians. The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association policy limits statements about margins of sampling error for most online surveys. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 2.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20. The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment and region.


 

Abacus asks the big questions: Which leader would you let babysit?

  1. Cripes….can you imagine asking this about Diefenbaker and Pearson? Pierre and Joe Clark?

    What….running a country isn’t enough now……we want chefs and baby-sitters too?

    • These polls are ridiculous and even more ridiculous are the people who even take the time to fill out these moronic questions!

    • How ridiculous. I want my leaders to run the country wisely, not babysit. Shame on MacClean’s to even encourage such nonsense.

  2. I sure wouldn’t want Harper anywhere near my kids. How many of his cronies have been in the news about questionable activities with children? Flanagan, Toews, Meredith, his drummer…

    • How about Julie Biddle we don’t have Mulcair – Charbonneau Commission MOBSTER Inquiry into Corruption who sat silent on the lil white envelopes for how many years? Only came out when the Charbonneau was called by the people of QC who went after Charest to call it. Then the snake in the grass contacted the Investigators and admitted the ‘white envelopes’ but he didn’t take them. Yep, I want a mobster running my Country and babysitting my child NOT. Why isn’t that in the news that a mobster affiliate is running to be Premier of this Country!

      • If we knew what language this comment was written in we might be able to translate it into English.

        • Tresus,

          Kate is referrring to the fact that Mulcair (when he was a Liberal in Quebec) was offered a bribe (which he said he turned down…but no one is really sure) in exchange for something, and he never told anyone. He denied knowing anything about corruption in Quebec (he’s the only one apparently that wasn’t paying attention) and when the RCMP found out that Mulcair was involved, he was interviewed by the RCMP; at which time, he suddenly remembered that yeah….bribes are offered all the time. It was this one particulary bribe however, that he said he didn’t take.

          I guess its a good thing the RCMP didn’t ask him if he took any OTHER bribes.

          • Mulcair claimed that he was offered an envelope that presumably contained cash.

            “which he said he turned down…but no one is really sure”

            Heh. And nobody is really sure if Stephen Harper takes bribes, or how many he’s been offered, or how many unicorns roam the countryside (though apparently his office offers them).

            ” he never told anyone. ”
            ” when the RCMP found out that Mulcair was involved”

            Do you think you can make it through just one comment without lying?
            Even the longest journey begins with a single step…

          • Tresus, the issue is based on what we know, and what the RCMP know. It is a fact, Mulcair has been offered bribes when he was a Liberal in Quebec. He says he turned it down, but how can you know for sure if he initially said he had never been offered a bribe, or knew of this type of thing occurring. He lied. He didn’t tell the truth. He wasn’t being honest…etc..etc..etc….

            he was a Liberal from QUEBEC. Nuff said.

          • ” It is a fact, Mulcair has been offered bribes when he was a Liberal in Quebec. ”

            According to Mulcair he was offered an envelope which he believed may have contained cash. I appreciate the great faith you have in Mulcair’s description of the circumstances and his speculation as to what was in the envelope, but that doesn’t make it a “fact” that could be established in a court of law.

            “bribes”
            Let’s keep working on just getting through one post without lying, ‘kay?

          • you don’t think Harper has taken bribes????

          • Tresus wrote:
            “and his speculation as to what was in the envelope, but that doesn’t make it a “fact” that could be established in a court of law.”

            Liberal…from QUEBEC…brown envelope……

            pretty sure we’ve seen this type of thing before, and it always seems to involve Liberals, Italians, and quebec.

            Judy Riley asked:
            “you don’t think Harper has taken bribes????”

            Judy, while your Harper Deragement syndrome seems strong, even you must admit that there has NEVER been any indication that Harper has ever been involved in activity to take money from the taxpayers. Example abound in the Liberal party…but even harper’s enemies admit he is too honest to take bribes.

            They don’t like harper’s policies….but they at least know he isn’t a thief. Again, that is a Liberal (mainly from Quebec) trait.

          • “pretty sure we’ve seen this type of thing before, ”

            Once again, I appreciate the great faith you have in Mulcair’s description of the circumstances and his speculation as to what was in the envelope, but that doesn’t make it a “fact” that could be established in a court of law.

  3. I would expect MacLean’s to print polls that include all four leaders.

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