Preferred Prime Minister and Momentum Score
Conservative leader and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper experienced a drop in support when respondents were asked which of the five federal party leaders would make the best head of government. Harper (24%) is now tied with Ignatieff (24%), with the remaining leaders in single digits. When paired against Stéphane Dion in 2008, Harper always surpassed the 30 per cent mark in this particular question.
For the third time this year, Ignatieff is the only one of the five federal leaders to post a positive momentum score (+11). One-in-four respondents (27%) say their opinion of Ignatieff improved over the course of the past month, while 16 per cent report a decline.
Harper had the worst momentum score of all leaders (-20), with a third of Canadians (33%) saying their opinion of the Prime Minister has worsened.
NDP leader Jack Layton (-18), Green leader Elizabeth May (-11), and Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe (-7 in Quebec) also failed to gain ground in April.
Interesting that Canadians look upon all leaders negatively, with Ignatieff being the only exception. As the pollster points out, Ignatieff has maintained a positive momentum score for the last three polls, which shows that he is wearing well as Canadians get to know him. Harper, losing credibility with each successive finding.