Tapping into the Pulse: Political public opinion polling in Canada, 2013
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Written by Éric Grenier, author of ThreeHundredEight.com, and with a foreword by Paul Adams, Associate Professor of Journalism at Carleton University, "Tapping into the Pulse: Political public opinion polling in Canada, 2013" tells the story of the year in Canadian provincial and federal politics with a special focus on polls.
Federally, this eBook tells the story of how the Liberals made incredible gains under their new leader Justin Trudeau, how the Senate scandal ate away at Conservative support, and how the New Democrats managed in their first full year under Thomas Mulcair. Provincially, it looks at the ups and downs of every premier, how and why the polls were so wrong in British Columbia, why they did the job in Nova Scotia, and what they can tell us about the political situation in Ontario and Quebec as the provinces headed towards elections in 2014. "Tapping into the Pulse" also includes reference tables of polls released throughout 2013 from most of Canada's major pollsters, making it an invaluable resource.
The Progressive Conservatives, the party that Dexter’s NDP had booted from government in 2009, held stable at around 26 per cent throughout the year. Instead it was the official opposition Liberals, under Stephen McNeil, who saw their support balloon from 27 to 41 per cent in 2012. At the end of the year, one in three Nova Scotians thought McNeil would do the best job as premier, putting him above Dexter. Things were looking a little better for the New Democrats in the first two months of 2013. The premier was not required to call an election until the spring of 2014, but most expected him to drop the writ early to give himself the chance to choose a more opportune time.
The number of Saskatchewanians having no opinion had decreased to 30 per cent. Though Wall said that Senate abolition was not one of the “top 10” priorities for Saskatchewan, his government continued to push the issue in November by repealing the legislation involving the election of Senate nominees and presenting a motion officially, though only symbolically, calling for the institution’s abolition. The last survey of the year, conducted in early December, showed Brad Wall’s approval rating holding firm at 66 per cent, still making him the most popular premier in Canada.
Jason Kenney was moved from the immigration file to Employment and Social Development Canada (formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada), and was given another important task to follow his successful efforts to woo Canada’s immigrant communities. Kenney would need to sell the Jobs Grant to the Canadian public—along with the provinces who were less interested in getting on board. That didn’t stop the government from advertising the program on the airwaves, however, despite its non-existence.
The firm also operates Vancouver Focus™, a focus group facility in downtown Vancouver. ” British Columbia: Provincial Party Support British Columbia nDatesCONLIBNDPGREOTH 600 Jan 25–1 12 26 48 11 3 600 Apr 15–23 11 27 49 12 2 700 May 8–9 8 31 45 14 3 Vancouver and Region nDatesCONLIBNDPGREOTH 342 Jan 25–1 9 20 55 13 2 - Apr 15–23 9 23 56 10 - - May 8–9 5 31 48 14 - Vancouver Island nDatesCONLIBNDPGREOTH 94 Jan 25–1 13 35 40 9 3 - Apr 15–23 9 29 39 23 - - May 8–9 7 24 47 20 - B.
Trudeau’s most significant opponent was Marc Garneau, the MP for the Montreal riding of Westmount-Ville Marie. A former astronaut (who never shied from a space-related pun) and president of the Canadian Space Agency, Garneau was the leadership contender with one of the best résumés on offer. His political experience, however, was not much greater than Trudeau’s as both were elected to the House of Commons for the first time in 2008. Joyce Murray, MP for Vancouver Quadra and a former provincial cabinet minister in British Columbia, and Martha Hall Findlay, former MP for Willowdale who had vied for the leadership in the 2006 race, would prove to be Trudeau’s most important opposition by the time the contest came to a close.