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article imagePolls: Where Canada's party leaders stand for upcoming election

By Andrew Moran     Mar 28, 2011 in Politics
Ottawa - It is official: Canadian voters will head to the polls on May 2. They will either give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives a majority or kick them out and give Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals a chance to lead.
For the first time in seven years, the Canadian populace could have a majority government if they give Stephen Harper and the Conservatives a majority in Ottawa. On May 2, Canada will hold its 41st general election and for the next five weeks, the voting public will see political attack ads in all its glory.
But where does the public stand when it comes to the political establishment? Is Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff ready to lead the country? Will New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton finally win over voters? Will the Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party make a strong showing this year?
According to two major polls, one from Angus Reid and one from Ipsos-Reid, the Prime Minister and his Conservative Party are the frontrunners for the general election, and could win a majority if they are able to capture key wins in the Greater Toronto Area.
Angus Reid Online Survey
Canadian New Democratic Party MP Jack Layton.
Canadian New Democratic Party MP Jack Layton.
Angus Reid conducted an online survey from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24 with 2,365 adult Canadians. The numbers reveal that the Conservatives have a national lead of 39 percent. Meanwhile, the Liberals are 14 percent behind with 25 percent support. The NDP is in third place with 19 percent, the Bloc stands at 10 percent and the Green is garnering 7 percent support.
The poll further shows the approval ratings of each party’s candidate. The Prime Minister and Layton have an overall 37 percent approval rating, but Ignatieff hovers a 19 percent approval rating, which is the same as Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe.
Can the Conservatives win a majority? The online study suggests only 26 percent of voters want the Conservatives to win a majority this year.
The survey maintains a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.
Ipsos-Reid Online Panel
This Ipsos-Reid online study was able to identify key issues for voters. Some of the most important issues in this election campaign include healthcare, the economy, taxes, employment and trust.
Michael Ignatieff
Canadian Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff
Courtesy Liberal Party of Canada
The statistics disclose that 49 percent of the general public feel that Stephen Harper would make the best Prime Minister. This number is up one percentage point from an earlier poll conducted in February.
Similar to the Angus Reid online survey, the poll shows that Ignatieff only maintains 17 percent support, up by one point from February. Layton holds significant support with 37 percent of voters thinking he would be the best candidate to serve as Prime Minister.
When asked who would perform better in “managing during tough economic times,” “has a vision you can support,” “has what it takes to lead the economy” and getting “things done,” Harper maintained a strong lead over the field of candidates.
This survey was conducted with 1,014 adult Canadians from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23. The poll contains a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.
For more information on Canada's 2011 general election, click here.
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