Thursday, May 24, 2007

Harper Leads Burger Poll

Ipsos-Reid is conducting a poll for Harvey's, that has a political tone. Dion has some work to do:
Who are you most likely to invite to have a burger with you?

Harper 35%

Layton 23%

May 17%

Dion 16%

Duceppe 8%


In Quebec, more people want to have a hamburger with Harper than Dion.


These numbers are similar to the leadership numbers, in that Layton scores quite well, relative to party support. Harper is right about where he should be, while May is certainly drawing some curiousity with Canadians. Dion, not exactly impressive.

Useless? I think there is something within this numbers that is relevant. Clearly, Dion's image isn't one that Canadians have embraced, on a personal level. Issues aside, the ability to connect with people is paramount to prospects, so I wouldn't reject this type of poll out of hand.

19 comments:

A BCer in Toronto said...

Steve, I think I'll wait until the vegetable lasagna numbers are out so we can get a fuller picture...

Anonymous said...

Certainly better than having "beer & popcorn" with with whats his name.

knb said...

I hear what you are saying Steve, but I'm not sure I want a PM that is a good 'ol boy that you can have a burger with. (Personally, I couldn't keep water down with him in the room, but hey, that's me).

I guess what I'm saying is I remember a similar poll re' Bush. Yes, he was elected, but different cirmcumstances were present...and we all know how well that has worked out.

I will agree that Dion has to connect more and it's beyond me how he can get more face time, (not facebook...doing fine there), in the media, but it has to happen.

I noticed that Cherniak is driving Dion around today. Why isn't he videoing him meeting with people? Why isn't he recording his speeches?

The irony of course is that Harper has become so pompous and arrogant, he'd be awful at the backyard bbq.

knb said...

anon...Scott's not leading any party as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

And George Bush is still the guy I'd rather have a beer with (if only to tell him what a dumbass idea it was to invade Iraq). Doesn't mean I would ever vote for him.

bigcitylib said...

I would frankly never have a burger with Harper. He might eat my burger. Might take a few of my fingers off doing it.

Steve V said...

"I noticed that Cherniak is driving Dion around today."

Well, don't they refer to taxi drivers as "hacks"? Perfect.

Good point re Bush.

Jeff

I thought you would be waiting for the pie poll ;)

Mushroom said...

Dion needs to stop eating a burger with a fork and knife. Then his numbers will improve somewhat.

If it is poutine, Harper wins this poll by a landslide!!!!

No points for John Baird and Elizabeth May unless veggie burgers are served.

Anonymous said...

None of the above, they would all be more suited for hot dogs

Anonymous said...

It is quite amazing that Harper beats Dion by double the numbers, even in Ontario (Dion 18, Harper 39 percent). In fact the only person Dion beat was Duceppe and that was only in provinces outside Quebec. Popular he is not.

In any event, his supporters can enjoy a quiet lunch in the corner with Dion and watch him eat his hotdog with knife and fork while they talk about how pompous and arrogant Stephen Harper is.

knb said...

Gawd, is there a way to isolate the anon comments, put them into one block?

"Blah, blah blah, nothing to contribute", could be the title.

wayward son said...

Of course May is who I would have a veggie-burger with. I guess most people who are not Harper supporters would not wish to dine with him under any circumstances. I have had dinner with Layton more than once back when he was a Toronto councilor and I was a big supporter, certainly not a bad experience. I think that it would very interesting to pick Dion's mind, despite his low personal polling he is a extremely intelligent person. May however I think would be the most entertaining and I think that many Canadians view her the same way which is why she is polling higher than the Greens in the burger poll.

Steve V said...

wayward

I must confess, I would pick May too because she has a personable quality, not to mention her frank manner.

Gayle said...

I do not like to talk politics or important issues while I am eating - and when I think of eating a hamburger I think of summer barbeques - and I certainly do not want to talk politics then!

I might want to discuss hockey - in which case I would probably pick Harper, because that is one thing I think he and I agree on. (once I finished extolling the virtues of the Oilers, I would take my opportunity with Mr Harper to tell him why he should stick to writing books about hockey and leave leading the country to the big boys).

Nobody in particular said...

As someone who often finds bbq chit chat awkward at the best of times, e.g.; finding that point where it is impolite to carry on convo about politics... I'd rather have a burger with Dion. I think Dion would talk about some of his travels, relate impressions about the people he met, and lightly entertain his bbq-noshing friends who make up a crowd without being political, overbearing or snobby.
I think Dion has a bigger and better palette of colours of Canadians than Harper can imagine.
We'll see if Harper bails on his June 22 commitment I heard his House Leader say just 1.5 weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

for you to even put such a stupid article on a blog proves ur amateuristic know nothing, wannabe journalist, dont have nothing else to do do you...

Steve V said...

anon

Poof, it was never there :)

Anonymous said...

Well, maybe Canadians would rather have a few minutes eating a greasy burger with Mr. No Personality, but more want to be friends with Dion.

dblackb99 said...

I don't want a PM who's just "one of the boys" (or girls, for that matter). I want a PM who operates on a higher plane than my friends and I when we're having a beer and a bite at the local. I guess that's what happens when politics becomes a popularity contest, but in my judgment, we all suffer the consequences - including those in power. When our MPs and PM are viewed as just regular folks, it's way to easy to give them no respect at all and to criticise their every step. Why does a "regular guy" need to live in a big house like 24 Sussex? Why does a "regular guy" need his own jet? Why does a "regular guy" need all those aides? And the list goes on and on and on.