Tuesday, March 6, 2007

On the road again

Stéphane Dion is now on his cross-Canada road trip, which is designed to have people see the Dion which the Liberals want to see. This, of course, comes after the Liberals are shown to be dropping in the polls, and the Tories had their attack ads against Dion specifically.

There was a national poll published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on Saturday. However, I accidently threw out the paper, and I cannot retrieve it on the internet without a password. This poll, though, was different than the one publish a day or two earlier by Decima; this was a Canwest poll. In it, I remember the NDP being 15% (and with the margin of error, that could be up to 18%, which is about the same as the last election), and the Greens down to 8%. This is significantly different than the Decima poll from a few days earlier, where the NDP and Greens were tied with 13%.

This shows how unreliable polls really are.
From his point of view, this is something that is really needed. The polls have been falling; less people are supporting the Liberals. The reasons? Well, probably due to the Tory attack ads, Dion himself, and how no one really knows anymore what the Liberals are wanting. The latter is probably so due to Dion's vote against the terrorism legislation last week. Personally, I agree with the NDP stance, and the Liberal stance now, that we also have to protect civil liberties. Imagine if you were arrested and put away without any evidence on the suspicion that you were a terrorist. It's completely disgusting. But anyway, the problem with the Liberals vote was that it was the Liberals that introduced that bill in the first place. It just seems funny to Canadians for a party to vote against its own bill.

The fate of this road trip will depend on who he meets. If he is just planning on meeting Liberals, then it's a waste of money. But if he is going to really try to paint a self-portrait, then he might have a chance.

1 comment:

Dissidence said...

While they could be as a high as 18%, they could also be as low as 12%, which would be consistant with where they were in the Decima poll. Conversely this could put the Greens up to 11%, which again is consistant with the Decima poll. I won't debate the fact that polls are often unreliable and can be biased, but you need to examine the margin of error in both directions. It's great that your glass is half full though...