That's some serious seismic change. Of note, this poll was primarily a survey on HST opinion, so the overwhelming rejection questions may have spilt over to the horserace findings. What is apparent, the PC's are gaining at the Lib expense, while the NDP remain relatively static, slight uptick, but unremarkable given the large Liberal retreat. Again, I make the point that the NDP may not be suited to make a TAX argument(one could argue the federal incarnation even less), given people's perceptions. That said, there are warning signs in these numbers to be sure. We'll see if any of it really resonates on the federal scene.
On the HST question, it's all bad for the proponent side:
-76% are very or moderately familiar with the HST
-75% oppose the establishment of the HST in Ontario
-83% believe the HST will make goods and services more expensive
-70% say their opinion of the McGuinty government has worsened over the HST
Rarely do you see such one sided numbers. I'd question the "familiarity" finding, because it's a complicated proposition, all people are really reacting to is the word TAX.
Clearly, some worrying trends for the Liberals.