Liberal Party supporters are least likely to believe their party shares their values: poll

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.

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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.

12 Responses to “Liberal Party supporters are least likely to believe their party shares their values: poll”

  1. 1 fullsun 9 July, 2009 at 11:20 am

    It’s time for a real revolution! When the citizens rise up against the corruption and inside political dealings, then we will have FREEDOM again, the kind of freedom our forefathers had for a very brief period of time.

    Down with LIBERALS!!
    Down with CONSERVATIVES!!

    If you identify with one of these groups, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.


    Liberals seek to imprison your thoughts through such fascist tactics as Political Correctness and social blackmail.

    Conservatives seek to imprison your body through tactics like the ruthless perversion of our capitalist system and an over-abundance of laws that only the insiders know well enough to manipulate.

    Revolution is coming.
    Revolution is coming.
    Revolution is coming.

  2. 2 marcel 9 July, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Don’t ‘cha know it’s gonna be…alright…alright…alright

  3. 3 marcel 9 July, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Have you ever made it anyone, anyhow?

  4. 4 Tron 13 July, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I’d be careful with the analysis here.

    First, the sample sub-segments for the PC and Lib sub-segments are likely in the 200-250 range. And, it’s going to be even lower for the other parties – like 100-130 for the NDP. So, the margin of error on each sub-segment’s results is going to be fairly high.

    So, I’d be careful about according statistical significance to a comparative analysis here. For example, the Lib and NDP results are definitely a statistical tie. So, whatever conclusions you feel like drawing about one can also be applied to the other.

    Second, this is one poll. A snapshot. Not a collection of tracking polls. We don’t know, based on this poll anyway, if it wasn’t always thus. So, you cannot conclude that “something very interesting [is] happening” based on this single poll. We’d need to see this question tracked over time across many polls to determine if there is any trend.

    Third, there are far better ways to measure “softness” than this.

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