After five years of minority governments, a slim majority of Canadians seem content with more of the same. Asked about their impression of a minority government situation, Canadians were more likely to have a positive impression than a negative one. Those with a positive impression liked how it forced political parties to co-operate, while those with a negative impression believed that minority governments were inefficient. This reveals the possibility of strategic voting in order to temper government power.
A majority of Canadians believe that it is time for a change in the country’s leadership with only one in three Canadians believing Stephen Harper has done a good enough job to deserve re-election.
This adds to the uncertainty about the outcome of any upcoming election. With a fractured electorate, one third of Canadians may or may not be enough support to secure another victory for the Conservatives.
Nanos conducted a random telephone survey of 1,002 Canadians, 18 years of age and older, between July 30th and August 2nd. A survey of 1,002 Canadians is accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20.
Impression of a Minority Government Question: Is your overall impression of a minority government situation positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative or negative?
- Positive 18.5%
- Somewhat positive 35.4%
- Somewhat negative 21.4%
- Negative 15.9%
- Unsure 8.8%
Minority Government Impression Drivers Question: Why?
Positive or somewhat positive impressions (n=538)
- It’s good because it forces parties to co-operate 54.8%
- They are inefficient 5.0%
- No particular reason 2.2%
- It depends on the party in power 2.0%
- Other (less than 2% each) 4.2%
- Unsure 31.8%
Negative or somewhat negative impressions (n=373)
- They are inefficient 59.8%
- The system is corrupt/they are just power-hungry 7.2%
- It’s good because it forces parties to co-operate 3.5%
- Other (less than 2% each) 8.1%
- Unsure 21.4%
Harper Re-election Question: [Rotate] Some people think that Stephen Harper has done a good enough job to deserve re-election. Others think that he has had his chance and it is time for a change. Which of these two opinions best reflects your personal view?
- Time for a change 58.5%
- Deserves re-election 31.9%
- Unsure 9.5%
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