NDP leads in first post-writ poll
New Democrats headed for solid minority
2nd, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum
Poll™ among 1399 Canadian voters immediately after the 42nd Canadian general
election was called, as many as 4-in-10 will vote NDP in the coming election
(39%) and this represents a sharp increase from last week (June 28 - 33%),
while fewer than 3-in-10 will vote Conservative (28%), well down from last week
(June 28 - 33%). The Liberals attract the votes of one quarter (25%) and this
is unchanged from before the writ. Few will vote Bloc Quebecois (5%), Green
(3%) or for any other party (1%).
NDP lead in Atlantic, Quebec and BC, tied in Ontario
In Ontario, The NDP and the Conservatives are tied (37% and
35% respectively), while the Liberals trail (24%). In Quebec, the NDP (38%)
have a solid lead over the Liberals (23%), while the Bloc and Conservatives
trail (19% and 17%, respectively). In the former Liberal fortress of Atlantic
Canada, the NDP have almost half the vote (45%), while the Liberals are in
solid second (38%). In the prairies, The NDP (37%) and the Conservatives (35%)
are tied, and the Liberals trail (24%). In Alberta, the Conservatives dominate
(42%), but the NDP are close in second (34%) with the Liberals third (21%). In
BC, close to half will vote New Democrat (44%), and the Liberals (26%) and
Conservatives (24%) are tied for second.
Conservatives suffer gender gap
There is a distinct gender gap in the Conservative vote,
which attracts more than a third of males (34%), but fewer than a quarter of
females (22%). In contrast, the gap works the other way for the NDP (males -
35%, females - 42%) and the Liberals (males - 23%, females - 27%). Support for
the Conservatives is highest among the least educated (34%) and lowest among the
most educated (19%), while the opposite applies with the NDP (35% and 45%,
respectively). NDP support is high among the youngest (under 35 - 41%, 35 to 44
- 42%), females (42%) and the mid income cohort ($60K to $80K - 45%).
Conservatives are supported by those in mid age groups (45 to 54 - 30%) and
higher income groups ($80K to $100K - 31%). Liberals attract the votes of the
wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 32%) and the best educated (28%).
3-in-10 Liberals from 2011 voting NDP this time
Three-in-ten past Liberal voters will vote for the NDP this
time around (30%), while 1-in-6 past Conservatives will as well (15%). Very few
past Liberals or Past New Democrats will vote Conservative (7% and 5%, respectively).
NDP headed for strong minority
If these results are projected up to a 338 seat house, the
NDP would capture 160 seats, 10 short of a majority, while the Conservatives
would take 118. The Liberals would settle for 58 seats, the Green’s for their leader’s
seat and the Bloc for one seat.
Conservatives most committed voters
Seven-in-ten Conservative voters say they are strong
supporters of their party (70%), while 6-in-10 Liberals (60%) and New Democrats
(56%) say this.
Harper favourables down, Trudeau’s up, Mulcair stable
The Prime Minister has seen his approval rating slip from a
third last week (32%) to less than that now (29%) and his net favourable score
(approve minus disapprove) has declined from a very negative -27 to an even
worse -33. Justin Trudeau has seen his approval increase slightly from about
one third (35%) to close to 4-in-10 now (39%). His net score is a more neutral
-4 than last week’s -12. Tom Mulcair’s approval is stable at one half (48%) and
his net favourable is a very positive +20.
NDP and Conservatives tied in expectations of victory
Equal proportions, just less than a third each, think the
Conservatives or the NDP will win this election (31% each), but few hold out
hope for the Liberals (18%). About one sixth of Liberals expect either the NDP
(15%) or the Conservatives (13%) to win, while about one tenth of New Democrats
expect the Conservatives to win (12%). Few Conservatives expect the other two
parties to win. Only about one half of Liberals expect their own party to be victorious
Mulcair is clearly preferred for Prime Minister
After tying with the Stephen Harper on this measure recently,
the Leader of the Opposition is now clearly seen to make the best Prime
Minister (31%), compared to the current incumbent (24%) and Justin Trudeau
More than a quarter will be voting strategically
More than one quarter of voters say they will vote for a
party they think can defeat the government (28%), as opposed to a party they
believe in (61%). Among Conservative voters, the vast majority are true
believers (83%), but among Liberals and New Democrats, sizeable minorities are
holding their nose as they vote (37% and 39%, respectively).
Majority are worse off now than in 2011
One half of voters say they are not better off now than they
were in 2011 (51%), while just one third agree they are better off (34%).
One sixth don’t venture an opinion (15%). Being worse off now is common
to boomers (55 to 64 - 60%), the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 59%), in Atlantic
Canada (62%), among Liberals and New Democrats (57% and 64%, respectively) but
not among Conservatives (23%).
"It’s said a
pending execution focuses the mind, and the same goes for a pending election.
Voters have been teased for weeks by advertising that looks like a campaign and
quacks like a campaign, yet isn’t a campaign. Now the government has released
the hounds, as it were, people are deciding they like the place they’ve parked
their vote recently, and are coming off the fence and ending up with the NDP
for now. However, no one alive has seen an 11 week campaign. Much can happen in
that time, because campaigns, and their errors, forced and unforced, do make a
difference," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and
founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (416)