48% off Canadians side with U2 singer’s accusation that
Harper blocked progress on global poverty at the G8
28% believe Harper when he says Bono’s charge is false
Three-in-five (60%) also agree with Bono’s assertion that
Stephen Harper is out off sync witth the Canadiian people
When it comes to party affiliation, Conservatives don't even support Harper:
More Conservatives felt Bono was telling the truth on the African aid deal (43%) than Harper (31%). And over half of Conservatives (52%) feel Harper is out of sync with the Canadian people.
Only Albertans were uniformly supportive of Harper, with more believing Harper, not Bono, was telling the truth about the African aid deal. Many Albertans also express disagreement that Harper is out of sync with Canadians. But Quebec and Atlantic Canada are particularly in favour of Bono’s views.
Unless you subscribe to the thesis that most Canadians are blinded by their love of U2, these numbers suggest something bigger at play- Canadians don't take their Prime Minister at his word.
Interesting numbers, given the fact Canadians are split on increased humitarian aid:
Canada should increase its humanitarian aid to poor countries, even if it affects domestic spending:
Live under a rock 6%
Conclusion, even though Canadians are split on aid, they still side with Bono, which speaks volumes about Harper. I keep saying this, but more and more, Harper is being framed as dishonest and untrustworthy. This impression is taking root, ultimately it could represent the beginning of the end for Stephen Harper.