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Abacus Data Bulletin: What Canadians are looking for in a new Conservative Party leader

Abacus Data Bulletins are short analyses of public opinion data we collect. For more information or media interviews, contact Bruce Anderson or David Coletto. We asked Canadians what they are looking for in a new Conservative Party leader. The results suggest that smaller government, tighter immigration, more law and order are somewhat down the list

The state of the Conservative Party brand at the end of 2019

By David Coletto, Kate Harrison, & Dennis Matthews The research for this brand assessment was conducted by Abacus Data CEO David Coletto with advice and insights from Kate Harrison, a VP at government relations firm Summa Strategies and Dennis Matthews, a VP at Enterprise Canada and a former staffer to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and

The public perception of Canadian politics as 2019 comes to a close

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Earlier this week, we completed a national survey of 1,500 Canadians and updated our federal political tracking. While not much has changed since Canadians voted on October 21, the results point to some of the strengths and weaknesses facing parties and their leaders amid the minority parliament. Here’s what

Andrew Scheer or Who?

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto There’s been a lot of talk about whether the Conservative Party of Canada should stick with Andrew Scheer as its leader into the next election, whenever that will be.  The Conservative Party will have a vote to decide whether to hold a leadership race this spring. Here’s what our

Will Max Bernier be a spoiler for the Conservative Party?

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto It’s too early to know how Max Bernier’s full-blown attack on the Conservative Party of Canada will play out, but in our latest polling, we explored how people react to his arguments about that party and his decision to launch a new party based on some key policies. Readers

The next 10%: Reflections and data on how the Conservatives can grow.

By David Coletto On Friday, I participated in a panel discussion at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa. The title of the panel was Spotlight on The Next 10% and we discussed how the federal Conservative Party might grow towards winning the next election in 2019. In preparing for that panel, I had a quick

After My Democracy, Castro, ‘cash for access’, pipelines, climate plan, Liberals end the year well ahead, but off their summer peak

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Our latest nationwide public opinion survey explored a wide variety of topics. Our first release describes the current state of federal politics, including reactions to a variety of events and decisions. Here’s what we see: Party support has seen some softening in recent weeks, but remains at levels roughly

The Case for Change vs. The Case for No Change

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Canadians split on whether the country is on the right track 37% of Canadians say the country is on the wrong track while 36% feel the opposite. Since the beginning of the campaign, the country has been remarkably split, an indicator of just why this election is so hard

Election 2015: Blue vs. Red; Orange flagging.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Liberals continue to edge upward, NDP downward In our latest horserace numbers, the Conservatives have 33% across the country, the Liberals 32%, and the NDP 24%. For both the Conservatives and Liberals these are the best levels of support we’ve seen since the election started; for the NDP, it

The Battle for the Change Vote

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Three out of four voters want change: but what does that mean? We asked the 76% of voters who said they preferred to see a change in government, whether they preferred ambitious or moderate change, and change that would be felt soon, or more gradually. We also asked which

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