Peter MacKay seen as best successor to PM

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No other contender close

TORONTO MAY 26th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1694 Canadian voters, one seventh (15%) say Peter MacKay would be the best leader for the Conservative party when they elect one, and this is three times as many as cite any other leading Conservative politician (Jason Kenney - 5%, Brad Wall - 4%, Tony Clement - 4%). Fully one third (the plurality) say none of the politicians listed would make a good leader (32%), and more than a quarter have no opinion (28%). Among Conservative voters, preference for MacKay is even more pronounced (23%), and half as many say none would be a good leader (19%). Jim Prentice is especially popular in Alberta (15%), as is Brad Wall in the prairies (23%). MacKay is most popular in Atlantic Canada (35%).

Of course, asking the general population who would make the best party leader is difficult, as only party members vote, and there are very few of those in the population. Nevertheless, this is an indication Peter MacKay has a profile and presence that elevates him above the usual suspects, among the general public as well as among Conservative Party voters," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.