Many Canadians are going into the election in
a grumpy mood, according to a poll conducted by
Environics Research Group Ltd. for the Canadian
The poll, published last night on the CBC's
website, indicated that only 49 per cent of
those polled are satisfied with the way things
are going in the country today, while 48 per
cent are not satisfied.
An identical poll a year ago found that 64
per cent were satisfied, the website said.
Dona Dasko, Environics' senior
vice-president, said that the poll means that
when Canadians go to vote, they will be carrying
a grudge against the Liberal Party.
"I think this question reflects the
growing cynicism that Canadians have about
recent political events," Ms. Dasko is
quoted as saying.
The poll indicated that satisfaction levels
high among 18- to 19-year-olds (60 per cent),
people born outside Canada (53 per cent),
Atlantic Canadians (58 per cent), Torontonians
and Manitobans (57 per cent), people who make
more than $80,000 a year (58 per cent), people
with a university degree (55 per cent) and
people who intend to vote Liberal (69 per cent).
The poll also indicated that:
- 58 per cent of those polled had little or
no confidence in the country's political
leaders, while 41 per cent had some or a great
deal of confidence in them.
- 84 per cent know Paul Martin is Prime
Minister, while only 33 per cent know Stephen
Harper is leader of the opposition.
- 57 per cent think the country should keep
the political system it has, while 29 per cent
believe it should change the way a government is
elected to a different system such as
- 46 per cent think Mr. Martin in the most
capable leader for the country, 14 per cent
think Mr. Harper is, 6 per cent Jack Layton, and
6 per cent Gilles Duceppe.
The poll of 2,100 people is considered
accurate to within plus or minus 2.14 percentage
points, 19 times out of 20.