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Conservative Fortunes Waning as Liberal Fortunes Rise in Nearly Deadlocked Race


[Ottawa – June 17, 2019] The political landscape is now clearly shifting in favour of the Liberals and to the detriment of the Conservatives. The Scheer-led Conservatives have seen their 11-point lead from just a month ago shrink to a narrow 2.7-point lead as of last night.

The results of our most recent three-day poll (n=1,229) are: 33.6 per cent for the Conservatives, 30.9 per cent for the Liberals, 13.6 per cent for the Greens, and 11.9 per cent for the NDP. For the purpose of ensuring a more reliable analysis of regional and demographic patterns, we also present a six-day roll (n=2,491), which shows a four-point lead for the Conservatives. These results, coupled with the three-day roll, suggest that the recent trend of inverse fortunes for the Liberals and Conservatives is continuing.

The most notable feature of the political landscape is the clear decline of Conservative fortunes in seat-rich Ontario and the corresponding rise of the Liberals. In our internal polling, we found that this pattern is clearly linked to declining confidence in Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government.

The Conservatives continue to enjoy a large advantage with men, while the Liberals have a modest advantage with women. The Conservatives have a large advantage with working class and non-university educated voters, which is critical to their constituency and different than in 2015. Regionally, the only clear results outside of Ontario are the prairies, which look to be an overwhelming Conservative advantage. British Columbia, Quebec, and the Atlantic look to be a confused and unclear mix of support.

Using our internal seat projections, we have the Liberals holding a razor-thin advantage of 150 seats versus 143 for the Conservatives. The Green Party, which received just three per cent and a single seat in the last election, is now at 14 points and looking at capturing 12 seats should these numbers hold. This number will become particularly interesting if the combined Liberal and Green numbers surpass a majority of the seats. The NDP is struggling at just 14 seats. Any further erosion could move them out of official party status and into rump territory.

It is important to note that seat projections at this stage, while anecdotally interesting, have little value in terms of the October election. The election is still four months away and a great deal can happen in that time.

Bottom line: the October election is going to be an extremely tight contest with no clarity as to who will be the winner. At this stage, the most likely scenario is some form of minority government.

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4 comments to Conservative Fortunes Waning as Liberal Fortunes Rise in Nearly Deadlocked Race

  • George Bennett

    Ontario does not want a Ford in their future – and the Greens seem to have Singhed the NDP.

  • J.B.

    I’m an American watching this election very nervously. It looks like the Conservatives have a lead in the popular-vote numbers while the Liberals have a narrow lead in seat distribution.

    That sounds like how in the U.S., Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but Donald Trump won the electoral college. Except in this case there’s a reversal of sorts in that Justin Trudeau is the “Democrat” leading the “electoral college” and Andrew Scheer is the “Republican” leading the popular vote.

    I hope this trend holds and that Canada doesn’t end up with its own Baby Trump giving a throne speech from the high chair.

  • db

    I’m very surprised that under ‘demographics’ the ‘poor’ and ‘working class’ favour cpc so much.

  • Jay mack

    Of we get another Trudeau Government we are screwed. If there was a different leader it would prob be ok but this guy is brainless and an egomaniac

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