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(05/28/07) -

Canadians Disappointed with Harper and Dion

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in Canada appear dissatisfied with the country’s main federal political leaders, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 41 per cent of respondents think neither Stephen Harper nor Stéphane Dion would make a good prime minister, up nine points since late March.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in Canada appear dissatisfied with the country’s main federal political leaders, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 41 per cent of respondents think neither Stephen Harper nor Stéphane Dion would make a good prime minister, up nine points since late March.

Canadians renewed the House of Commons in January 2006. The Conservative party—led by Harper—received 36.3 per cent of the vote, and secured 124 seats in the 308-member lower house. Harper leads a minority administration after more than 12 years of government by the Liberal party. The approval rating for Harper stands at 33 per cent, down seven points in two months. In addition, 32 per cent of respondents say their opinion of the prime minister has worsened over the past four weeks.

In December 2006, former environment minister Stéphane Dion became the new leader of the Liberals. Only 18 per cent of respondents approve of Dion’s performance, and 39 per cent are not sure. In addition, 27 per cent of respondents say their opinion of Dion has worsened over the past month.

On May 25, Harper discussed Canada’s military commitment in Afghanistan, saying, “The mission there has been long, hard and difficult, (…) but we have racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. The men and women of the Canadian Forces have conducted themselves with the utmost degree of professionalism and demonstrated exceptional bravery and skill on the battlefield.” Dion declared: “Like all Canadians, we remain steadfast in our support for our troops as they put their lives on the line to provide us with a safe and secure world.” 42 per cent of respondents think Canada is on the right track, while 37 per cent disagree.

Polling Data

Which of these two leaders would make the best prime minister of Canada?

May 23

Apr. 20

Mar. 28

Stephen Harper

31%

36%

41%

Stephane Dion

17%

18%

17%

Neither

41%

34%

32%

Not sure

11%

12%

11%

Do you approve or disapprove of Stephen Harper’s performance as prime minister?

May 23

Apr. 20

Mar. 28

Approve

33%

34%

40%

Disapprove

47%

43%

39%

Not sure

20%

23%

21%

Do you approve or disapprove of Stéphane Dion’s performance as leader of the opposition?

May 23

Apr. 20

Mar. 28

Approve

18%

17%

18%

Disapprove

43%

44%

44%

Not sure

39%

39%

37%

Over the course of the past month, would you say your opinion of Stephen Harper has improved, stayed the same or worsened?

May 23

Apr. 20

Mar. 28

Improved

20%

17%

25%

Stayed the same

53%

54%

49%

Worsened

32%

22%

22%

Not sure

5%

7%

4%

Over the course of the past month, would you say your opinion of Stéphane Dion has improved, stayed the same or worsened?

May 23

Apr. 20

Mar. 28

Improved

10%

10%

11%

Stayed the same

50%

43%

47%

Worsened

27%

31%

30%

Not sure

14%

16%

12%

Overall, do you think Canada is headed in the right track, or the wrong track?

May 23

Apr. 20

Mar. 28

Right track

42%

39%

36%

Wrong track

37%

34%

38%

Not sure

21%

27%

26%

Source: Angus Reid Strategies
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,097 Canadian adults, conducted on May 22 and May 23, 2007. Margin of error is 3.0 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)