Poilievre polls as Canada’s pick for PM, first Conservative Leader to do so since Harper

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Pierre Poilievre is the first Conservative Leader since Stephen Harper to be Canada’s preferred candidate for Prime Minister, according to a new poll.

According to the latest Nanos Research survey, Poilievre is polling at 32.9 per cent, well ahead of his main rival, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who polled at 23.3 per cent.

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“Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre continues to track positively opening up a significant advantage over Trudeau and hitting a level not since Conservative Stephen Harper was PM,” Nik Nanos said in the release.

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When asked about the most important national issue, inflation primary concern, at 18.8 per cent, followed by jobs and the economy (11.1), healthcare (8.4) and the environment (7.9). Those who said inflation was the major issue facing the county edged up three per cent compared to the previous month, while the environment fell from being the most important issue third to respondents spot with a drop of 6.1 per cent.

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Conservatives earned the highest party power index score at 54.2 points followed by the NDP with 45.0 points, the Liberals at 44.4 points. The index accounts for voter’s ballot preferences, accessible voters, preferences for PM and quality of leadership.

The results are based on 1,000 random phone surveys, ending in Oct. 13. A four week rolling average is taken, where the oldest 250 interviews are dropped and a new group of 250 is added. The poll is carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

According to an Angus Reid poll conducted this month, 57 per cent of Canadians believe Trudeau should step down as Liberal Party leader. The poll also found that 30 per cent of respondents would like to see Poilievre become Prime Minister in the next election while about half as many thought it should be Trudeau (16 per cent).

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Originally posted 2023-10-19 16:26:48.


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