Liberal leader Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer following the federal leaders' debate at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. on Oct. 7, 2019.

OTTAWA — Two televised leaders’ debates gave a boost to the NDP and Bloc Quebecois but did nothing to break the deadlock between the front-running Liberals and Conservatives, a new poll suggests.

The Leger poll, conducted for The Canadian Press after last week’s French debate on Quebec’s TVA network and this week’s official English debate, put support for the Liberals and Conservatives at 31 per cent each, both down three points.

The NDP moved up to a solid third place with 18 per cent, up four points but still almost two points behind the party’s share of the vote in the 2015 election.

Support for the Green party was unchanged at 11 per cent while Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada was up one point to three per cent.

In Quebec, the Bloc was up nine points to 29 per cent, mostly at the expense of the Conservatives who fell nine points to 16 per cent. The Liberals were still leading in the province but down three points to 31 per cent, while the NDP was at 13 per cent, the Greens at seven per cent and the People’s party at three.

The smaller parties’ improved fortunes reflected the perception of their leaders’ performances in the debates.

Based on what they saw or heard about the TVA debate, the Bloc’s Yves-Francois Blanchet and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau were each deemed the winner by 11 per cent of respondents, followed by the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh at seven per cent and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer at six. Bernier and the Greens’ Elizabeth May were not invited to participate in the TVA debate.

Among the 20 per cent of respondents (including 40 per cent in Quebec) who said they actually watched at least a portion of the debate, 34 per cent gave the win to Blanchet, 25 per cent …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Sports


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