Kevin O’Leary favoured for leader among card-carrying Conservatives

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Kevin O’Leary favoured for leader among card-carrying Conservatives

Peter MacKay preferred by all Canadians in total

TORONTO April 6th, 2016 In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1455 Canadian voters, the plurality among those with a choice for a leader see Peter MacKay as the best leader of the Conservative Party (18%), followed by those who opt for TV personality Kevin O’Leary (14%), who is in turn followed by current interim leader Rona Ambrose (10%). The list is rounded out by Maxime Bernier (9%), Jason Kenney and Lisa Raitt (6% each) and Dr. Kellie Leitch (2%). The largest single group thinks someone else not listed would make the best leader for the Conservatives (35%).

Among Conservative voters, however, Kevin O’Leary is very slightly preferred to MacKay (24% to 22%) while Rona Ambrose is third (17%). Among Conservatives, about one fifth prefer someone not listed (19%).

Finally, among those who are card-carrying members of the Conservative Party (and therefore will actually choose the leader), Kevin O’Leary is widely preferred to MacKay (28% to 20%) and no other listed candidate breaks double digits in preference. Among this select group, one quarter will support a candidate not listed here (24%).

“Kevin O’Leary’s star has been rising among Conservatives, and it’s happening in lockstep with the increasing popularity of Donald Trump in the US. Conservatives increasingly see a plain-talking populist as their saviour,” 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.