Support for Stephen Harper's Conservative government has dipped especially in the critical battlegrounds of Quebec, B.C. and Atlantic Canada likely pushed by discomfort with the prime minister's policies in Afghanistan and the Middle East, a new poll suggests.
The Ipsos Reid survey, conducted for CanWest newspapers and Global National, says national support for the Conservatives has dropped to 39 per cent, a decline of four points since May...
Wright, vice-president of Ipsos Reid, says the numbers suggest foreign policy has put a dent in Harper's popularity. His government's support dipped most in the three areas of the country Quebec, Atlantic Canada and B.C. which recent polls have shown are most uncomfortable with his Mideast and Afghanistan policies, Wright said.
The drop was 12 points each in B.C. and Atlantic Canada, and six points in Quebec.
There is still some variance in each polls individual support numbers, but they all agree that the Conservatives support is eroding. Despite polling that shows Canadians support Israel, these latest results may speak more to loaded questions that actual genuine endorsement of Harper's one-sided stand. The good news, Harper now lacks the leverage to bully the opposition with any credibility. The Conservatives should be very concerned, especially when the calender suggests less favorable conditions in the future.