Between Dec. 3, 2006 (the date of the first post Dion-leadership-win poll being released) and Sept. 6, 2008 (the last poll released prior to the last writ being dropped), there were 134 national public opinion polls released publicly. The average pre-election period result over those 134 polls? With all those ups and downs, negative ads, hapless Liberal leadership?
CPC - 34.66 per cent Liberals - 30.57 per cent NDP - 15.39 per cent Bloc - 8.99 per cent Green - 9.35 per cent The national results from today's Strategic Counsel poll? CPC - 35 per cent Liberals - 31 per cent NDP - 16 per cent Bloc - 9 per cent Green - 10 per cent
Obviously the disastrous writ period results and the coalition-related implosion don't just disappear, but when I saw the numbers this morning I couldn't help but chuckle.
As an aside, I hope someone over at Green Party headquarters is losing their job today over the total collapse of the party in Quebec since the last Strategic Counsel poll.