Editorial cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday July 22, 2015
Desperate Times for Justin
While Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau spent Tuesday afternoon at Laval’s Cosmodome looking up to the stars, new poll numbers show his party much closer to earth.
A Leger poll that came out on Monday showed in Quebec, the NDP currently has 37 per cent support, ahead of the Conservatives’ 23 per cent and Bloc Quebecois at 19 per cent. The Liberals came in fourth with just 18 per cent.
Nationally, the news isn’t any better, with the NDP and Tories tied at 32 per cent and 25 per cent for the Liberals. (Source: CTV News)
Meanwhile, the controversy over Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks on John McCain’s war record has caused a firestorm among the Republican establishment, but recent data suggests that it may not hurt him with voters.
The first poll partially conducted after Trump’s Saturday statement in Ames, Iowa, that John McCain was “not a hero” showed no impact on the former Celebrity Apprentice host’s support. In a poll of 452 Iowans likely to attend the Republican caucuses, Monmouth University found no “significant change in support for Trump in interviews conducted after his comments about John McCain’s military service”.
The Monmouth poll showed Trump in second place in Iowa with the support of 13% of likely caucus-goers. While the real estate mogul was firmly behind Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, who stood at 22% in that poll, he was well ahead of his nearest competitor, the neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who polled at 8%. But what was most remarkable about Trump in that poll wasn’t his support – the real estate mogul is currently polling in first place nationally – but that voters were now viewing him in a far more favorable light. (Source: The Guardian)