But, for all his flaws, they still find the Liberal leader somewhat more likable than Prime Minister Stephen Harper...
Forty-seven per cent said there's something about Dion they don't like, compared to 55 per cent who said the same thing about Harper.
Harper scored 55-40 on likeability, Dion looks like he splits evenly, which is actually a big gap, relative to Harper.
The title of the link mentions that Dion is considered "uninspiring" by 53%. That sounds bad, but a quite check of the same question, which the article fails to mention, asked of Harper finds 55% think he is "uninspiring".
Dion scores lowest on his ability to communicate (58%) and on perceived weakness (53%). The previous questionnaire on Harper didn't ask comparable question.
You can't spin these numbers as good news for Dion, but it is entirely relevant that Dion outpaces Harper on the two comparable questions, which might mean the supposed leadership gap isn't pronounced as some believe.
I've said it a million times, but it bears repeating again. For all the troubles the Liberals have, for all the challenges Dion faces, there is one asset that Liberals have going for them, one thing that should allow for a certain measure of optimism. That thing is Stephen Harper.