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CuriosityCat: Liberals edge out NDP as most favoured party for the first time

IPSOS poll released today shows that for the first time in this election, Trudeau’s Liberal Party is now favoured by more voters than those thinking of voting for Mulcair’s NDP: With just four weeks to go before Canadians choose their next prime minister, burgeoning Liberal support in Ontario has pushed party support past the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Liberals edge out NDP as most favoured party for the first time

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Excuse me Ipsos, do you know how to count? NDP doing quite well in the West, thank you.

Today, Ipsos came out with this headline:

Orange Crush is East, Not West: Federal Parties All Tied Up as Quebec Buoys NDP (30%) to Statistical Tie with Tories (31%), Grits (31%) Nationally 

Considering the actual poll numbers, especially when compared with the previous Ipsos polls, this is pretty misleading. It would imply that the . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Excuse me Ipsos, do you know how to count? NDP doing quite well in the West, thank you.

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Excuse me Ipsos, do you know how to count? NDP doing quite well in the West, thank you.

Today, Ipsos came out with this headline:Orange Crush is East, Not West: Federal Parties All Tied Up as Quebec Buoys NDP (30%) to Statistical Tie with Tories (31%), Grits (31%) Nationally  Considering the actual poll numbers, especially when compa… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Excuse me Ipsos, do you know how to count? NDP doing quite well in the West, thank you.

Alberta Politics: A vote for the NDP is a vote for change; a vote for the Wildrose Party is a vote for the same old Tory dynasty

PHOTOS: Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley. Below: Premier Jim Prentice, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, neoconservative godfather Preston Manning. With five new polls yesterday showing Alberta’s New Democrats approaching minority government territory and the “ooga-booga” fear campaign against the NDP beginning in earnest, perhaps it’s time for Albertans who urgently want to rid our province of . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A vote for the NDP is a vote for change; a vote for the Wildrose Party is a vote for the same old Tory dynasty

CuriosityCat: Management of Economy is Achilles Heel of Liberals and Dippers

Three stewards a-waiting …

The latest IPSOS-Reid poll shows that the Harper new Tories maintain their lead amongst voters when it comes to the critical issue of who is the best choice to manage the country’s economy. Voters believe that Harper and his Conservatives are the best by a whopping margin:

But the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Management of Economy is Achilles Heel of Liberals and Dippers

CuriosityCat: Do Canada’s rightwingers swoon over Policy Wonks, Pretty Faces or Daddy Figures?

Sarah Hampson

We seem to have a conflict between three theories of what motivates conservatives to vote. 

On the one hand, we have the school of thought that says there is a beauty premium reaped by the more beautiful people in life, business and politics. The second school believes that voters in the US . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Do Canada’s rightwingers swoon over Policy Wonks, Pretty Faces or Daddy Figures?

CuriosityCat: Are pollsters going to muddle the cooperation issue yet again?

It seems that our pollsters have difficulty in appreciating that voters are sophisticated, and appreciate the differences between the choices facing them. Voters understand the differences between (1) an outright merger of the NDP and LPC (under which both parties cease their independent existence and become one entity), (2) a coalition of the two . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Are pollsters going to muddle the cooperation issue yet again?

Dutch polls: not quite diseased

Just when you thought I had successfully limited my international political obsessions to Malta, Ireland, and New Zealand, I remembered my interest in Dutch politics.

Way back when (by which I mean 2006), I spent six weeks on contract in the Netherlands during the lead-up to the 2006 election, and it was way too cool . . . → Read More: Dutch polls: not quite diseased

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Where’s Ed Stelmach now that Alberta’s Tories really need him?

Ed Stelmach, back when he was still the premier of Alberta, looks ahead to a day when he wouldn’t have to put up with all the nonsense. Now that day has come, and it’s likely many of his Progressive Conservative caucus mates today view his time in office fondly! Below: Alison Redford.

With at . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Where’s Ed Stelmach now that Alberta’s Tories really need him?