Liberals Widen Gap
Last month’s 19 point gap now 23 points
In a random sampling
of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1474 Canadian voters, more
than half will vote Liberal if the election were held today (51%), and just
fewer than 3-in-10 would vote Conservative (28%). This gap of 23 points between
the leading contenders is compared to a 19 point gap last month (Liberals -
49%, Conservatives - 30%). The NDP will collect a tenth of the vote (11%),
stable from last month (October 13 - 12%). The Green Party (5%) and the Bloc
Quebecois (4%) have little support.
In Atlantic Canada,
the Liberals have two thirds of the vote (64%), to less than a fifth for the
Conservatives (17%) or the NDP (13%), In Quebec, the Liberals have half the
vote (56%) while the Bloc is second (16%), trailed by the Conservatives (12%)
and NDP (11%). In vote-rich Ontario, where elections are won and lost, the
Liberals have more than half the vote (54%), while the Conservatives have less
than a third (31%) and the NDP a tenth (10%). In the prairies, the Liberals
(41%) and the Conservatives are close (38%), but the NDP do not contend in
their homeland (13%). Alberta is the only province where the Conservatives lead
(59%), followed by the Liberals (37%) and, distantly, by the NDP (6%). The
plurality will vote Liberal in BC (43%), followed by a third voting
Conservative (33%). The NDP (13%) and the Green Party are tied here (10%).
Liberal supermajority if election held today
If these results are
projected up to seats in the House of Commons, the Liberals would capture 257,
or more than three quarters of them, to 72 seats for the Conservatives, just 8
for the NDP (losing them official party status) and the leader’s seat would
remain with the Green Party.
Leader approvals steady since last month
Justin Trudeau has
the approval of more than half of Canadian voters (58%), and this is
characteristic of females (65%), in Atlantic Canada (70%) and Quebec (66%),
among Francophones (65%), mothers of children under 18 (72%), the best educated
(post grad - 68%) and those who approve of the CETA trade deal (65%). Trudeau
has the approval of almost all Liberals (92%). His net favourable score
(approve minus disapprove) is a very positive +26. His approval last month was
similar (October 13 - 56%), as was his net score (+20).
Rona Ambrose has the
approval of 3-in-10 Canadian voters (30%), including more than one half of the
Conservative party voters (56%). Her net favourable score is a neutral +3. This
finding is identical to last month.
Tom Mulcair has the
approval of one third of voters (33%), similar to last month (35%), and his net
score is a neutral 0, similar to the +1 recorded last month. He has the
approval of one half of his party’s supporters (52%), but more than a quarter
disapprove (27%) of him as leader
“We may expect to
see a slight consolidation of Liberal support in the immediate wake of the
Trump putsch, if for no other reason than, as an elected government with
significant support, the Liberals represent stability in a suddenly troubled
hemisphere" said Forum Research President, Dr.
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at
email@example.com or at (416) 960-9603.