Reliable Polling Real Issue

Photo courtesy MP Profile page via parl.gc.ca Photo courtesy MP Profile page via parl.gc.ca

According to a new Ipsos Reid survey, 56 percent of Canadians think the next federal Liberal leader will end up as the Prime Minister.

However, the poll means very little to Associate Professor of Political Science, Lydia Miljan, at the University of Windsor.

“It tells me absolutely nothing. I mean we’re so far from an election campaign,” says Miljan. She suggests it’s almost irresponsible for the poll to be published, “Yeah I think that’s where we need to have a broder discussion about the role of pollsters and how they manufacture support for certain parties and not others.”

Miljan feels fundraising totals is a better marker of support for political parties saying the Liberals are in a distant third when it comes to fundraising, surpassed by the NDP and the Conservatives still strong front runners.

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