Thursday, June 23, 2011

Federal Liberals up in Ontario, Conservatives still at majority

Yesterday, The Globe and Mail reported on a new poll from Nanos Research on federal voting intentions in Canada. The results are, for the most part, unremarkable. But a shift in Ontario does change things up a little.

The Conservatives still hold the lead with 41.8% of the vote, almost 14 points ahead of the New Democrats. That's an increase of 2.1 points for the Tories since Nanos's last poll at the end of May.

The NDP is down 1.9 points to 28%, while the Liberals are up 0.8 points to 22.3%.

The Greens are down 1.1 points to 3.7%, while the Bloc Québécois stands at 3.4% nationally.

None of these national shifts are statistically significant.

There have not been any major shifts at the regional level either, except in Ontario. There, the Conservatives are holding firm with 44.2% of the vote, but the Liberals are up 5.5 points to 31.8%. The New Democrats are falling back, and now have the support of 20.4% of Ontarians, down 3.9 points since the end of May.

That generally brings us back to where the parties stood before the election in this province. It would certainly mean fewer seats for the NDP, but with the Liberals more competitive in the province the Conservatives could not count on the kind of sweep they had on May 2nd.

Elsewhere, the New Democrats lead in Quebec with 40%, followed by the Conservatives at 24.3% and the Liberals at 19.1%. That differs greatly from the low levels of support CROP and Léger have found for the Liberals in Quebec. The Bloc is out of the running in this poll, with only 13.8% support.

In British Columbia, the Conservatives lead with 43.3%, followed by the NDP at 29.2% and the Liberals at 18.3%.

The Conservatives also lead in Atlantic Canada with 36.9%, and the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) with 59%. The NDP is running second in both regions with 30.4% and 23.3%, respectively. The Liberals, with 26.6% in Atlantic Canada, are still a factor out East.

Based on this poll only, ThreeHundredEight projects the Conservatives win another majority government, but drop four seats to 162. The reason that the Conservatives win fewer seats with more votes is because of Ontario, where the dynamics are very different when the Liberals are at 32%.

The New Democrats form the Official Opposition with 88 seats, a drop of 15 from their current standing. The Liberals win 56 seats, up 22, while the Bloc Québécois is reduced to one seat and the Greens retain their toehold in British Columbia.

Breaking it down regionally, the Conservatives win 22 seats in British Columbia, 27 seats in Alberta, 21 in the Prairies, 57 in Ontario, 18 in Quebec, and 15 in Atlantic Canada.

The New Democrats win nine seats in British Columbia, one in Alberta, five in the Prairies, 17 in Ontario, 47 in Quebec, and eight in Atlantic Canada.

The Liberals win four seats in British Columbia, two in the Prairies, 32 in Ontario, nine in Quebec, and nine in Atlantic Canada.

Note that I am still working on the new federal projection model. This projection is a mix of what I have already finished for 2015 and what I was using for the 2011 election.

Nanos also looked at the leaders' ratings on trust, competence, and their vision for Canada. Combining these gives the "Leadership Index Score". Stephen Harper tops the list with 104.5 points, down 1.4 from late May. Jack Layton is next with 81.9 points, down 15.5 points, while Bob Rae clocks in at 27.3 points in his debut.

Layton's fall might seem significant, but on the three scores he averages a drop of 5.2 points. That isn't a huge variation considering the poll's margin of error, but it does appear that some of the shine might be wearing off. The NDP leader's position on the Canada Post strike/lockout, when the vast majority of Canadians just want their mail, will likely not brighten his numbers.


  1. That's a huge shift in Ontario, in the Liberals favour.

  2. Since both the Conservatives' and the NDP's positions on Canada Post are pretty much set in stone by their parties' histories and central core of supporters, this could well have been Bob Rae's first real chance to take a bite in NDP support. If he had chosen to support the Conservatives in back-to-work legislation, he could have distinguished his party from the NDP, whose staunchly pro-union sentiment is not its most saleable proposition. It probably would have won them a few points from NDP/Liberal waverers who want Canada Post back to work. It's perhaps surprising he chose not to.

  3. Personally I'd find this result better because of the increased representation in the government from Quebec. Were I Harper I'd be making Quebec a priority over the next four years.

  4. AverageCanuck23 June, 2011 21:53

    18! seats in Quebec would be an all time record for Harper and quite an achievement to be sure.

    This is the NDP's worst nightmare !

    Next election = dead cat bounce for the Liberals mostly at their expense.

    I don't know if they would merge after that or go to round 3 tie breaker.

    Harper probably "wins" the next election because of all the new seats coming online.

    Even if things go south so long as he keeps his majority these seats will help mask any decrease in % of HOC seats because raw seat totals would remain static.

    Harper will 100% be around for all of this term and all of the next.

    Who knows after that !

  5. I think the pollsters should start polling Quebec without the Bloc. It's an open question whether they will still be a relevant force in a year.

  6. Regardless of all the hype four years from now the CPC will have a much tougher election fight on their hands.


    Four years of mis-management for starters. Continued growth by the NDP, incidentally that postulates Layton still being healthy and recent photos ??, plus a resurgent Lib party.

    Quebec will, in all probability be an NDP strong house. That said the Tories and the Libs get to fight it out elsewhere.


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