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RSR - Canada Day Survey -Most popular leader and party; should Democratic Watch "None of the above" be on the ballot?
  Jun 30, 2014

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party of Canada currently 3rd place in seats in the House of Commons are the most popular among Canadian voters from the 2011 federal general election far out in front of the 2nd place Conservatives.
A noteworthy percentage of voters would like to see a "None of the above" option placed on the ballot. What is interesting here is that in some provinces - over one half of voters would like to see this voting option.

Question #1
Which leader and party in Canadian politics do you currently support? (Decided totals presented)
Justin Trudeau and Liberal Party of Canada    40 %
Stephen Harper and Conservative Party of Canada    29 %
Thomas Mulcair and New Democratic Party of Canada    25 %
Elizabeth May and Green Party of Canada    3.5 %
Other leader and party    3.5 %
Undecided    9 %
Question #2
Democracy Watch Canada would like to see ballots in Canada's election include an additional choice for voters stipulating "None of the above". Do you support this change to Canada's Election Act?
Yes    23.5 %
No    57 %
Commentary
This RSR Canada Day Survey is a real stunner. Justin Trudeau's Liberals are taking off and in majority territory. These percentages suggest upwards of 170 seats for the party.
The Liberals are hot in every province in the country. Liberals attract (44%) in Ontario, where nearly 40 per cent of the Canadian population votes. The shocker is that at this point in time with one year until the next federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada attracts (38%) support in Quebec, pushing Tom Mulcair's New Democrats to 2nd place in that province.
But there is more shocking news. The Liberals can count on (40%) support in Manitoba and wait for this -- (36%) in the Province of Alberta on (10%) behind the Conservatives who have dominated that province forever.
Liberal support is (36%) in British Columbia and (32%) in Saskatchewan. The numbers are increasing in the Atlantic Provinces with Newfoundland and Labrador (47%), Nova Scotia (37%) and New Brunswick (32%).
Stephen Harper's Conservatives are stalled around (30%) with this RSR Survey suggesting they are less than that now (29%). Support is draining from the Conservatives in every Canadian province. Ontario (28%), Quebec (15%), Manitoba (32%), Saskatchewan (45%), Alberta --- (46%) and British Columbia (31%). The Atlantic Provinces are tanking - New Brunswick (36%), Nova Scotia (25%), Newfoundland and Labrador (25%).
Tom Mulcair's New Democrats are holding in the mid twenties but there is work to do on the ground. Quebec (31%), Ontario (24%), Manitoba (23%), Saskatchewan (20%), Alberta (13%), BC (26%), New Brunswick (30%), Nova Scotia (36%), Newfoundland and Labrador (28%).
Elizabeth May and the Green Party hold their vote at around 3-4% but one has to wonder if the person of Elizabeth May's stature might better serve her parties interests by seeking the leadership of the BC Green Party - where that party with her at the helm could conceivably win government. These totals are unlikely to change federally - and the battle lines over climate change have few opportunities remaining for political procrastination.
Democracy Watch Canada has some interesting feedback regarding their proposal to include a "None of the above" on voting ballots in federal elections.
Only (27%) of voters in Ontario support this voting amendment with fewer (18%) in Quebec in support. In those two provinces representing 6 of 10 voters nationally (71%) of Ontario voters are against, while (49%) of Quebec voters are against.
The percentages in the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia are very different. (53%) of Saskatchewan voters would like this change to the ballot, (52%) in Alberta support it, (40%) in British Columbia and (41%) in Manitoba support the ballot change.
(31%) of New Brunswick voters, (25%) of Nova Scotia voters, and (52%) of Newfoundland and Labrador voters support the change, while (49%) of New Brunswick, (62%) of Nova Scotia and (41%) of Newfoundland and Labrador voters are against the change.
This RSR Canada Day Survey of 1,013 Canadian voters from the 2011 general federal election was conducted June 23-29, 2014. It features a Margin of Error of (3.13%). Numbers of respondents are equivalent to provincial voting turnout in the 2011 general election This Survey was conducted with the assistance of Trend Solar Farm Concepts. Contact Jim Van Rassel at 604 328 5398 for more information.

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