Little Consensus on Next Federal NDP Leader

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Little Consensus on Next Federal NDP Leader

Half “don’t know”, one quarter want “someone else”

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1474 Canadian voters, there is little consensus on the favoured leader for the federal New Democratic Party. One half have no opinion (50%) and one quarter want to see someone other than the 5 prominent New Democrats listed (24%).

Among the few who make a choice, there is relatively equal (and minimal) preference for Alexandre Boulerice (who has posted on Facebook that he is not running - 7%), Nathan Cullen (6%), Niki Ashton and Charlie Angus (5% each). Few prefer Peter Julian (2%).

Among New Democrats, Charlie Angus is more strongly preferred (10%) than he is among the general populace and slightly fewer say “someone else” should be leader (19%). Aleandre Boulerice is also slightly more likely to be preferred by New Democrats (9%), but his popularity is limited to Quebec (26%).

“Given that no New Democrat has actually gotten around to declaring his or her candidacy, it is not surprising that the population has a less than enthusiastic reaction to any one prospect" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.