A new poll suggests Stephen Harper's Conservatives have taken a beating in public opinion over the past week, but the opposition Liberals have done nothing to capitalize.
The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey had the two major parties in a statistical dead heat, with the Tories nominally ahead of the Liberals 31-30.
The governing party had been as high as 35 per cent in a previous Harris-Decima poll
While the Tories and Liberals appeared stalled, the NDP at 17 per cent and the Bloc Québécois at 8 per cent nationally were not big beneficiaries.
The survey's margin of error is 3.1 per cent, 19 times in 20, with wider margins for regional breakdowns.
The Green party, which has never elected an MP, rose to 13 per cent nationally and was actually a point ahead of the NDP in Ontario — 18-17.
There was an Angus Reid poll that asked what people thought of the Liberals budget reaction. These results might explain why the Liberals haven't capitalized on the Conservatives problems:
While Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion was critical of the budget, he immediately announced his party would not defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority government.
Only 24 per cent of those polled supported his actions, with 51 per cent saying they disapproved of his performance.
You don't draw people to the fold by demonstrating weakness and conflicting rhetoric. That fact might explain why people are moving to the Greens as an alternative to the corrupt Conservatives. Also, that fact might temper the Conservative bleeding, the Liberals unable to get maximum traction, due to their own actions.
I've heard more than one Conservative apologist say the budget was well received, this scandal wasn't resonating with average Canadians. I would counter, we have our first evidence that those people are delusional, this one has to hurt, anything but "inside the beltway".