66 per cent of respondents think that the Green Party should be allowed to participate in the televised debates ahead of October’s federal ballot. Almost two-in-five Canadians (39%) strongly agree with the Greens taking part in the debates. Only 25% disagree.
Political affiliation is no obstacle for supporting the Greens’ participation in televised debates or their representation in Parliament. Sixty-eight per cent of respondents who would vote for the Bloc Québécois, 75 per cent of those supporting the New Democratic Party, and 77 per cent of Liberal backers think that May should be allowed to debate along their respective party leaders. A lower proportion of Conservatives—47 per cent—concur.
By a slight majority, even Conservative supporters want May in the debate, another illustration that the arguments against her inclusion don't fly with anybody.
What some of these parties have done, is embolden May, and in the grand scheme, she probably benefits more now from her exclusion. A rallying cry, supported across the political spectrum, more exposure, the decision is clearly working in May's favor. What else is clear, the NDP may well pay a price for their decision, rarely do you see partisans so opposed to the party line, the danger of erosion is real. The prospect of May continually pointing fingers, is hardly a wanted development for a party offering a departure from politics as usual.