with modest lead on Conservatives
Conservative minority seen under new 338 seat distribution
6th, 2015 - In
a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1741
Canadian voters, just more than a third (37%) will vote Liberal if a federal
election were held today, while one third will vote Conservative (33%). This
represents a slight decline for the Liberals since last month (from 41%) but
stasis for the Conservatives (December 2014 - 33%). The New Democrats have seen
a slight increase in their vote share to a fifth (20%, up from 17%). About one
twentieth will vote for the Bloc Quebecois (4%) or the Green Party (5%), while
very few will vote other parties (1%).
Liberal vote is common to Boomers (55 to 64 - 42%), females (39%), the wealthy
($80K to $100K - 43%), in Atlantic Canada (48%) and Ontario (40%), the best
educated (post grad - 41%), among Anglophones (39%) rather than Francophones
(29%), and among mothers of children under 18 (41%).
Conservative vote is especially characteristic of Gen X (45 to 54 - 41%), males
(37%) rather than females (29%), among the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 40%),
in Alberta (51%), and among the less educated (some college or less - 37%).
Liberal vote is the "stickiest" in that more past Liberal voters will
vote their party again this time (81%) than is the case with Conservatives
(78%) or New Democrats (54%). In fact, close to one seventh past Conservative
voters (15%) and as many as one third of past New Democrats (33%) will vote for
the Liberals in the next election.
338 seat distribution leads to Conservative minority
these results are projected up to represent seats won in the new 338 seat House
of Commons, the Conservatives have a slight advantage and, despite not leading
in the popular vote, will take minority of 137 to 126 for the Liberals. This
would give the Conservatives 33 seats fewer than needed for a majority (170
seats). The NDP would take 70 seats, the Green Party would retain leader Elizabeth
May's seat, and Independent André Arthur would win his riding of
Liberals expected to win election, despite seat projections
asked who they expected to win the election, rather than who they were voting
for, the answers are very similar, and close to 4-in-10 put their faith in the
Liberals (38%), while about one third expect the Conservatives to prevail
(34%). Few expect the NDP (8%), Bloc Quebecois (2%) or Green Party to win (4%).
One tenth of Conservative voters expect the Liberals to win (10%) and a similar
proportion of Liberals expect the Conservatives to win (12%). The New Democrats
this time around expect the Liberals to win (37%) more than they expect their
own party to do so (28%). About one fifth expect the Conservatives to win
Harper, Mulcair favourables stable; Trudeau favourables down
Prime Minister Harper and Tom Mulcair have seen their approval levels stay
stable since the end of last year (34% and 42%, respectively, both then and
now) and their net favourable scores (approve minus disapprove) have not
changed (- 22 and +13, respectively then; -22 and +14 now). Justin Trudeau, on
the other hand, has seen his approval decline from close to half (46% in
December 2014) to 4-in-10 now (42%) and his net score has declined from +10 to
Plurality agrees Canada worse off now than a year ago
to 4-in-10 voters agree Canada is worse off this year than last (38%), while
about one half this proportion think the country is better off (20%). Four-in-ten
also agree that the country is neither better nor worse off (38%). Very few
don't have an opinion on this important measure (5%). This is comparable to
results found three years ago when we last asked this question (April 2012, 37%
worse off, 21% better off). Results, predictably, break along partisan lines,
and close to one half of Conservative supporters think the country is better
off now (44%), while a similar proportion of Liberals (45%) and New Democrats
(49%) think Canada is worse off.
Fewer now see Canada becoming more small "c"
plurality agree Canada is becoming a more small "c" conservative
country (38%), well down from the majority three years ago (April 2012 - 57%).
In the meantime, the proportion saying it is becoming more small "l"
liberal has increased from one fifth (18%) to one quarter (25%). Nowadays, one
quarter think the country is changing neither way (26%), while one tenth don't
have an opinion (11%). Conservative voters are more likely to see the country
becoming more small "c" conservative (45%) than think it is becoming
more small "l" liberal (20%), whereas Liberal voters are split on the
issue (36% small "c", 34% small "l"). New Democrats agree
with Conservatives that Canada is becoming more conservative (40%) rather than
more liberal (25%).
One half see Canada moving in the wrong direction
half the voters in Canada believe the country is moving in the wrong direction
(50%) compared to one third who think it is moving in the right direction
(32%). This mirrors findings from three years ago (April 2012, wrong direction
- 53%, right direction - 33%). One fifth now feel the country is moving in
neither the right nor wrong direction (18%), while none have no opinion. Once
again, results break along partisan lines, and Conservative voters are much
more likely to see the country moving in the right direction (72%) than the
wrong direction (14%), while the opposite is true for Liberal voters (21% right
direction, 62% wrong direction) and New Democrats (15% right direction, 67%
"While the Liberals still
lead, it's a more modest kind of parity than we've seen recently. In addition,
it's clear the new thirty seat distribution favours the Conservatives; they
stand to win a small minority despite trailing slightly in the popular vote. It
is interesting in other findings, to see that, while voters are still just as
likely to think the country is moving in the wrong direction and that it's
worse off now than last year, the proportion saying it is becoming more
conservative has declined significantly. This is an important change in public
sentiment, and is an indicator of the swing to the Liberals we have seen in the
last year," said Forum
Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum
Research. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (416)