Liberal minority seen
TORONTO JUNE 18th,
2014 – In
a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1683
Canadian voters, 4-in-10 will vote Liberal if a federal election were held
today (39%), compared to 3-in-10 who will vote Conservative (31%), and this
represents a very slight widening in the Liberal lead since we last polled (May
22, Liberal - 36%, Conservative - 30%). Just fewer than one fifth will vote NDP
(19%) and this represents a decline since last month (23%). Few will vote Green
(5%) or Bloc Quebecois (4%) or for other parties (1%).
The Liberal vote is especially characteristic of the
wealthiest (44%), in Atlantic Canada (52%) and Ontario (45%) but not in Alberta
(26%), but among the best educated (post grad, a proxy for income - 47%),
non-Christians (48%) and mothers with kids (44%).
The Conservative vote is common to the oldest (41%), males
(35%), mid income groups ($40K to $60K - 37%), in the prairies (40%), Alberta
(56%) and BC (37%), among college grads (35%), among Protestants (48%) and
Evangelical Christians (54%), but not among the non-religious (20%) or
non-Christians (23%), nor among mothers (24%).
The NDP vote is strongest among the less wealthy ($20K to
$40K - 25%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 28%), in Quebec (26%) and among the
The Liberal vote is the "stickiest" in that more
Liberals from 2011 (83%) will vote Liberal again this time than will
Conservatives (74%) or, especially, New Democrats (59%). In fact, close to
3-in-10 past NDP voters will vote Liberal this time around (28%).
Liberal minority seen
If these results are projected up to seats in a 308 seat
House of Commons, the Liberals would increase their seat count from 110 last
month to a minority of 142 this month. The Conservatives would take 109 seats,
stable from 111 last month, while the NDP's haul would decline from 75 seats to
53. The Bloc would take 3 seats (well down from 11 last month) and Elizabeth
May would keep her seat for the Green Party.
Trudeau, Harper favourables steady;
Justin Trudeau has the approval of more than 4-in-10
Canadians (43%), stable since last month (43%) and his net favourable score
(approve minus disapprove) is a positive +5. Stephen Harper has the approval of
a third (34%), steady from last month (33%), but his net is a very negative
-27. Tom Mulcair has seen his approval drop from more than 4-in-10 last month
(43%) to more than a third now (38%), and his net is +4, well down from +14
Trudeau and Harper continue to be tied
as best PM
Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper are each thought to make
the best Prime Minister by just more than a quarter (27% and 28%, respectively),
and this is essentially the same as last month (Trudeau - 28%, Harper - 26%).
Tom Mulcair is seen to fit this role by about one eighth (16%), also similar to
last month (17%). few choose Elizabeth May (8%), and one fifth don't have an
“Justin Trudeau suffered a rare slip in his appeal last month
when he made some controversial comments about candidates and their beliefs
around abortion rights. It appears his public has forgiven him this
controversy, and he has regained most of the ground he and his party might have
briefly lost," said
Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
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