Half don't think Justin is ready

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Half don’t think Justin is ready

Half think Mulcair is

TORONTO September 2nd, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1384 Canadian voters, just less than one half (47%) claim Justin Trudeau is not ready to be Prime Minister, while 4-in-10 think he is (39%). One sixth don’t know (14%). Agreeing Justin is ready for the big job is characteristic of the youngest (44%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 45%, $100K to $250K - 42%), in Atlantic Canada (47%), Ontario (46%) and the prairies (42%). One tenth of Conservative voters acknowledge he’s ready for the show (11%), while one third of NDP voters do as well (35%). Just more than a tenth of Liberal voters think their leader is not ready (13%) or don’t know if he is (11%).

Half think Mulcair ready for top job

Just less than half the voters in Canada think Tom Mulcair is ready for the top job (47%) and this is characteristic of the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 53%, $100K to $250K - 55%) and in Quebec (55%). One fifth of Conservative voters agree he’s ready (18%), as do 4-in-10 Liberal voters (40%). Fewer than one tenth of his own voters doubt him (7%) or don’t know (10%).

7-in-10 say Harper has been PM too long

Close to 7-in-10 voters say Prime Minister Stephen Harper has had the job too long (68%) and this is common to the least wealthy (74%), in Atlantic Canada (82%) but not so much in Alberta (49%). One tenth of Conservative voters think their leader has been in the job too long (13%), while agreement with this is almost universal among Liberals (88%) and New Democrats (90%).

 “It appears that the relentless onslaught of one-message TV ads has had its desired effect. Despite serving eight years in parliament, as his party’s critic for citizenship and immigration, and post-secondary education, and being leader for more than 2 years, Justin Trudeau is branded as “not being ready”. The upside to this positioning is it creates low expectations," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

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