There are key points to consider for dismissing these numbers:
- Polls in Canada under-represent the CPC and over-represent the NDP/Libranos
- People do not seriously consider their support of lack of support until an election. A campaign changes the dynamics of these polls significantly. If an election was called on this, it would be safe to say that there would be some convergence on the numbers.
That being said, there are a few things that really get me down:
- In light of the revelations of unprecedented systematic corruption of a criminal nature by the Libranos in Adscam, a good chunk of the electorate still thinks that they are fit to govern
- It seems that logic or facts do not matter when people hear the 'hidden agenda' crap propagated against Harper and the CPC.
- Voters are so disenchanted with the process, thinking that all parties are corrupt, that they will not use their franchise to hold their elected officials accountable. In other words, a significant portion of the electorate, if this poll is to be believed, are enablers of crime and abuse of the taxpayers by their representatives.
Of course, this is one poll. One poll does not a trend make. But if this isn't a shot across the bow for the CPC to get a real platform and bypass the media to sell it, then I don't know what is. Maybe the CBC should get the Leni Reifenstrahl award for 'journalism'.