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New poll suggests Tories clearer on the what, not the who, for new party leader

Last Updated Jan 8, 2020 at 4:15 am PDT

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is interviewed at the federal Conservative leadership convention in Toronto on May 27, 2017. A new poll finds Conservative voters are far more sure about what they want in a new leader for their party than they are about who should fill that job. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Summary

A new poll suggests Conservative voters are far clearer about what they want in a new leader for their party

Poll finds 29 per cent of decided Conservative voters don't know who they'd choose to head their party

Former prime minister Stephen Harper and former interim leader Rona Ambrose made the top two choices for voters polled

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests Conservative voters are far clearer about what they want in a new leader for their party than who should fill that job.

The Leger Marketing survey suggests 29 per cent of decided Conservative voters don’t know who they’d choose to head their party.

Of Tory voters’ top two choices, former prime minister Stephen Harper isn’t running and former interim leader Rona Ambrose is undecided.

Those two also led the pack among all the Canadians Leger surveyed, of all partisan loyalties, and in third was former cabinet minister Peter MacKay.

But the poll suggests Conservative supporters have more decisive views on what their new leader should stand for: 82 per cent want a focus on maintaining a balanced budget and 63 per cent want the number of immigrants to Canada decreased.

Leger polled 1,554 Canadian voters between Jan. 3 and 7, but the poll can’t be assigned a margin of error because polls from Internet panels are not random samples.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 8, 2020.