To those of us who thought the Liberal Party had sunk to rock bottom with their 18.9% showing in the May 2nd federal election, guess again. The latest post election poll has the once vaunted "natural governing party" down to a paltry 15%. They had been polling around the 30% mark when they foolishly decided to force this election in March, a decision that now has to be viewed as one of the worst political moves in the history of Canada. They brought down the government on purpose and in the process have caused catastrophic harm to their public support. The Tories are sitting at 38% and the NDP at 33%. The Dippers now have more than double the popular support of the Liberals.
This Harris Decima poll was done before Bob Rae officially became the Liberal leader, so we will see how the numbers move in the coming weeks as Parliament resumes. It will be an uphill battle for the Liberals now that they sit in 3rd place with a small caucus. They will not get as much TV time and media attention as they are accustomed to, which might ironically help their poll numbers but hamper their ability to raise money. Convincing someone to say Liberal in a telephone poll is much easier than convincing them to donate money.