A while back, the Strategic Counsel released a poll that managed to slip passed my attention until just now (source).
Many of the findings are fairly banal, however I was surprised to discover this one particularly interesting finding. It turns out that of the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Bloc Québécois; Liberal Party supporters are the least likely to believe that their own party shares their values.
I’m not quite sure what that means. Is it an indication that the Liberals are a “big tent” with people with many divergent ideas all peacefully coexisting together? Or, does it mean that the Liberals have alienated their own supporters more than any other party and thus their supporters are tending to support them not because they agree with their policies but rather simply as a way of punishing some other party?
I’ll leave that for you to decide on your own. But either way, this would suggest to me that the normal data on the relative ‘softness’ of each party’s support conceals something very interesting happening with the Liberals.