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What’s more—and what’s less—popular than the Tories and the Liberals

Turns out, the political parties can’t compete with God, frugality and the military

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What's more—and what's less—popular than the Tories and the LiberalsAccording to the latest Angus Reid survey, the Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck; if an election were held today, the two major parties would each take 33 per cent of the vote, with the NDP coming in a distant third with 15 per cent support and the Greens roughly matching their 2008 election result of six per cent. The Bloc, meanwhile, would take 40 per cent in la belle province.

While neither the Tories or Liberals appear poised to score a Parliamentary majority, they are still more popular than smoking while pregnant and expensive, eco-friendly products. That said, they still have a way to go before they’ve caught up with God and the prospect of eternal life.

Six things that are more popular than the Conservatives and the Liberals:

Frugality: More than 80 per cent of Canadians say they’ve cut back on their spending.

Stimulus spending: 59 per cent of Canadians believe government spending will help Canada’s economy recover.

God: 58 per cent of Canadians say they “definitely believe in God.”

Virginity: 56 per cent of Canadian teens say they’ve never had sex.

Eternal life: 42 per cent of Canadians say that, given the opportunity, they would choose to live forever.

The war in Afghanistan: 40 per cent of Canadians support the military mission.

Six things that are less popular than the Conservatives and the Liberals:

Green products: 29 per cent of Canadian shoppers opt for environmentally-friendly products, even if they’re more expensive than the alternative.

Atheist bus ads: 20 per cent of Canadians want to see a message proclaiming, “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life” on city buses.

The Canucks’ playoff chances: 18 per cent of Canadians think Vancouver has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup. (Amazingly, five per cent picked the Leafs.)

Smoking while pregnant: 11 per cent of Canadian women say they lit up during their pregnancy.

Protectionism: 9.7 per cent of Canadians oppose “enhancing the flow of people and goods” across the Canada-U.S. border.

Health care as a top priority: 9.6 per cent of Canadians identify health care as most important issue facing the country.