Liberals at 40% In New Poll
The poll actually shows an improvement in popular support for the Liberals. Five months ago, the Liberals received 36.7% of the vote as Paul Martin limped across the finish line to claim a minority government. The Conservatives won 29.6% of the popular support in June while the NDP claimed 15.7% of the vote.
Based on the results, it would appear as though the Liberals have performed well since their election while the Conservatives have faltered. However, the picture was not entirely rosy for the government. The poll found that only 45% of the population was satisfied with the performance of the government while 48% was unsatisfied. Citizens of Manitoba and Saskatchewan showed the lowest approval ratings (35%) while the Atlantic provinces had the highest (56%).
While further polls will certainly be needed to verify the results, based on this survey it appears as though the Liberals are well positioned to win a majority in a new election. While it is a hopeful sign that the public has managed to avoid being bamboozled by Stephen Harper, the success of the Paul Martin and his right wing agenda must be viewed with trepidation by Canada's real Liberals.