While the national race is close, it is noteworthy that we now have another pollster giving the Liberals a slight edge, even more pronounced when you factor in the regionals:
These numbers represent a 6 point swing from the last SC poll. Harper did receive a bit of an Obama bounce in the last SC poll, as expected, and the pollster recognizes this in the analysis. What was also clear, that photo op with the rock star was Harper's last real opportunity to change the channel in any substantive way- it was merely a blip. The Liberals are up considerably since the last election, anyone who expects us to be on the cusp of a majority so soon, given the challenges, is devoid of common sense or sound political calculation, not to mention kind of pathetic. These are objectively strong numbers, an impressive turn of fortune, given the historical thumping that occured a mere six months ago. Optimism is warranted.
The regionals confirm the trendline in Ontario, mirroring other pollsters, in terms of a solid swing to the Liberals, at the Conservatives and NDP expense:
These numbers represent the highest percentage for the Liberals in Ontario from this pollster. To put these numbers in context, the Liberals won 75 seats (2 less than we enjoy nationally now) when the spread was exactly the same in 2004, and the NDP are now currently weaker than that election result. I'm a bit weary of putting stock in a singular SC poll, primarily because we've seen some goofy numbers in the past. However, these numbers are pretty much in line with everyone else, so one can entertain the possibilities.
In Quebec, no real movement from the last poll, and again somewhat similar to other pollsters:
We've seen tighter numbers from bigger, Quebec specific polls, but the Liberal number is fairly consistent. I think the Liberals are clearly well placed to make gains in Quebec, the degree will be sorted out in the campaign.
The "West" numbers are interesting. The Liberals are up 8% since the last election, although the regionals within aren't presented. I suspect some of this is in British Columbia, and I can't see any reason to think the looming convention will reverse any positive momentum. Still, work to do:
I'm not sure about the "moral compass", but I know the Conservatives are headed south.
Stephen Harper 2006-2009