OTTAWA — The Liberal Express summer bus tour has been a flop, according to a new Leger Marketing poll.
At least it's failed if the plan was to introduce Michael Ignatieff to Canadians.
Less than one-in-ten Canadians say they know more about the Liberal leader now than when the tour began, and most of them are already Liberal supporters.Also if an election were held today the results would be:
Of the 8% who say they know more about Ignatieff now, 59% say their opinion of him has improved, while 18% say it's worsened.
A total of 30% of Canadians still say they know nothing at all about the Liberal leader, with women and young people (under the age of 35) most likely to know nothing about him (36% and 34% respectively).
So it looks like after the media and bureaucrat driven census hub bub and Iggy visiting fairs, festivals, etc. in the dog days of summer all across the country has not produced the results that the Liberals and their supporters would have liked. Iggy and the Libs are just not getting any traction. He's been preaching mainly to the converted even among some of those his image has worsened. What his handlers have been doing has not been working. Maybe they should try a new strategy.
This pretty well sums it up, the plan for the public to get to know him better.
"If I was a Liberal party handler and was trying to do whatever I could to increase his (Ignatieff's) likelihood of getting elected, they're just not going about it the right way, obviously," Scholz said. "The Conservatives have a nine-point lead on the Liberals, which is a slightly higher gap than what we saw at the start of the summer.Zing! Why else have we not heard much about the tour? Because it hasn't been going the way they wished. They thought by now Iggymania would be sweeping the nation. Hasn't quite worked out like that. After all he was supposed to be the second coming of Trudeau, right?
"I think the Liberal Party would like to forget the summer of 2010."