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Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership score – a combination of polling results about trust, competence and vision for the country – is down but remains above that of his major competitors, Thomas Mulcair of the NDP and Liberal Justin Trudeau. “He still enjoys a comparative advantage but he does not stand as tall politically as he did five years ago,” says pollster Nik Nanos. “We’ve seen fluctuations in views, which are usually the first indicator of change.” Still, when the Harper brand slides, his support doesn’t go to other leaders, Mr. Nanos says. In those cases, “Canadians who previously think Harper is the best on key measures move into the none of the above or unsure category. There is a parking effect. This explains why he has been able to rebound whenever his brand power has weakened.”

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