Canadians may not be thrilled with the result of last week’s federal election, but a new poll shows some are annoyed that it produced an almost identical result to the 2019 nationwide vote.
Only 10 percent of the respondents to the Lager poll said they were happy with the result, which saw the creation of another Liberal minority government led by Justin Trudeau and only marginal changes in the number of seats for all parties.
But another 24 per cent said they are comfortable with the result, while nine per cent said they prefer a minority government in any event and 14 per cent said they are indifferent.
On the other hand, 12 per cent said they are unhappy with the result and six per cent said they are uncomfortable with it. Another 24 percent said they were unhappy with it “but life goes on.”
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole lambasted Trudeau for an unnecessary, $610 million election that changed nothing, all in the midst of a deadly fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, a poll conducted on September 24-26 shows that Canadians are more optimistic about the outcome, possibly because they are lukewarm about O’Toole’s leadership.
The online survey of 1,537 Canadians cannot leave room for error because Internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.
This shows that O’Toole was no less an asset to his party than Trudeau or NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
Of those who voted for the Conservatives, only 23 percent said they did so because of the leader. Forty-nine percent said they voted for the party itself while 28 percent said they voted for their local candidates.
Among moderate voters, 34 percent voted for the leader, 41 percent for the party itself, and 25 percent for their local candidates.
Among the New Democrats, 38 percent voted for the leader, 38 percent for the party, and 24 percent for their local candidates.
Both O’Toole and Singh have faced some calls from within their respective ranks to step down after a disappointing end to their respective parties. The Conservatives lost two seats, although they won the popular vote slightly more than the Liberals, while the NDP gained one seat, remaining firmly stuck in fourth place.
Among conservative respondents, 49 percent said they want O’Toole to remain at the helm of the Conservative Party. But the majority said they either wanted to go (22 percent) or didn’t know (29 percent) whether they should stay or go.
In contrast, 82 per cent of the NDP respondents said they want Jagmeet Singh to continue as the leader of the New Democratic Party.
Of Liberals’ supporters, 25 percent said the main reason they voted for Liberals was to avoid a Conservative government. Twenty-three percent said they think Trudeau is the best leader to lead the country and another 23 percent said they think the party best represents his values.
Among Conservative supporters, 39 percent said they voted primarily to get rid of the Liberal government, 21 percent supported the party they best represented their values, and just 14 percent chose Conservatives because He thought O’Toole was the best leader.
Of the NDP respondents, 48 per cent said they primarily voted for the party that best represented their values, just 14 per cent because they thought Singh was the best leader for the country.
In Quebec, 35 percent of Bloc Québecois supporters said they voted for the party they felt was best positioned to protect Quebec’s interests. Another 14 percent said they wanted a strong opposition party in a minority government, while 11 percent voted because of leader Yves-François Blanchett.
Just seven percent of Bloc supporters said they supported the party because of a question asked by a moderator of the English-language leaders’ debate, in which Blanchett claimed Quebecers are racist.
Nevertheless, the survey shows that the bloc was hit by the English debate. Thirty percent of Bloc supporters said they had made up their mind about how to vote in the days following the debate – compared to only 15 percent or less for supporters of other major parties.
Overall, 49 percent of respondents said they had made up their mind before the campaign began, 18 percent in the first two weeks, nine percent on the final weekend, and eight percent on election day.
Only six per cent said the debate changed their minds about who to vote for. Fifty-five percent said they didn’t pay attention to them, while 39 percent said the debate confirmed their previous choice.
Totally 83 percent said they ultimately voted for their original choice; 17 per cent said they changed parties during the campaign.
In the end, 73 percent said they primarily voted for the party they liked best. But 27 percent said they voted strategically primarily to block another party.
Of the respondents who didn’t vote, 29 percent said they were indifferent to the election, with 24 percent saying they didn’t think their vote would change anything.
Other reasons for not voting were physically or mentally incapacitated (13 per cent), polling places too far away (10 per cent), waiting times too long (nine per cent), afraid of showing up because of the pandemic (nine per cent) and the Did not know where to go to vote (six per cent).