NDP making 'huge gains' under Mulcair, says new poll

The federal NDP is gaining strength under the leadership of Tom Mulcair, a new poll by Forum Research for the National Post suggests.

From the Post:

The nationwide poll suggests the New Democratic Party would form a minority federal government if this were election day and a strong majority of Canadians believe the country suffers from an income gap, where the rich are getting too rich and the poor are getting too poor.

(…) The NDP would capture 138 seats in the 308-seat parliament, up from the 103 they currently hold. The Conservatives, who won a majority government last election with 166 seats, would be reduced to 123 seats. The Liberals would take 42 seats, a poor showing but still considerably better than the 34 they took in the last election, the poll suggests.

Another poll earlier this month by Harris Decima had also indicated increased support for the NDP across the country. It showed 34 per cent of Canadians would vote for the left-leaning party, while 30 per cent would back the Conservatives.

But a separate survey by Angus Reid Public Opinion doesn’t have the NDP in the lead. The May 24 poll shows support for the Tories steady at 37 per cent, followed by the NDP at 33 per cent and the Liberals at 18 per cent. Unlike the previous two, this poll suggests the NDP’s gains are being made at the expense of the Liberals, not the Conservatives.