This is from the Calgary Herald. Ignatieff obviously still has a ways to go and certainly he wants to raise money and raise the polls more before deciding that the Conservatives have flunked their probation! The Bloc should be happy with this poll even more than the Liberals. The Conservatives have blown it in Quebec while the Liberals are ahead of them in Ontario.
Ignatieff makes gains in new poll
The popularity gap between the government and the official Opposition has narrowed once again, with 37 per cent of decided voters supporting Stephen Harper's Conservatives and 31 per cent behind Michael Ignatieff's Liberals, according to the results of the latest Ipsos Reid poll.The poll conducted for Canwest News Service and Global Television showed the Liberals have steadily narrowed a 23-point gap behind the Conservatives in early December to six points in the two months since Ignatieff replaced Stephane Dion as leader."Ignatieff's clearly in the game," John Wright, Ipsos Reid senior vice-president of public affairs, said Friday.Nationally, the Conservatives retain a commanding lead in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. But the Liberals have overtaken the Conservatives in Ontario for the first time since the federal election, and retain a firm lead in Atlantic Canada. The Bloc Quebecois widened its lead over the Conservatives and the Liberals in Quebec since the last poll on Jan. 9.Ignatieff's vow to put the Conservatives on probation over the federal budget, and to insist on regular accountability reports as stimulus measures are rolled out, helped boost the Liberals above the Conservatives in voter-rich Ontario.The poll of 1,000 randomly selected adults was conducted by telephone Feb. 3 to 5.The results are considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.