Ignatieff does little to close gap with Conservatives
Dec 30, 2008
From Canadian Business magazine TORONTO, Dec. 30 /CNW/ - Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has his work cut out for him in 2009 as Canadians continue to favour heavily the Conservatives, according to a poll released today by COMPAS for Canadian Business magazine. Only 30% of the 600 Canadians surveyed said they would vote Liberal if an election were held today, compared with 43% who said they would vote Conservative - a level of support that would secure Prime Minister Stephen Harper a majority in the House of Commons. A significant number of respondents said they were uncomfortable with the way in which Ignatieff became Liberal leader, with nearly 60% saying that allowing elected officials to choose him directly was unfair to those party members who would have preferred someone else. Under Ignatieff, the Liberals have adopted a "coalition if necessary, but not necessarily coalition" approach. Still, nearly half of respondents say they see no essential difference from the coalition policy of ex-leader Stephane Dion. For more survey results and views on the current political situation from Canadians, go to www.canadianbusiness.com/compas. About Canadian Business magazine: Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most trusted business publication in Canada. Canadian Business stands alone as the business magazine in Canada with 100% paid circulation. With a readership of one million, the magazine is published every second Monday, except in January, July and August, when monthly issues are published. Special annual issues of Canadian Business include the Investor 500, the MBA Guide, the Rich 100 and Canada's Best Cities for Business. Visit www.canadianbusiness.com.
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