Chong Favoured in Conservative Leadership Contest

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Chong Favoured in Conservative Leadership Contest

Chong and Raitt favoured among party members, Half want “someone else"

TORONTO December 8th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll among 1304 Canadian voters, Michael Chong leads preference for a Conservative leader among the general public (10%), followed by Lisa Raitt (8%), Kellie Leitch (7%), Chris Alexander (6%) and Maxime Bernier (5%) and Steve Blaney (5%). Andrew Scheer (3%) and Brad Trost (2%) have less support. Other candidates were excluded for brevity.

It must be pointed out that fully half the sample opts for “someone else” (53%), other than the 8 candidates listed.

Among Conservative voters, there is no clear favourite, and Chris Alexander (8%), Steve Blaney (9%), Michael Chong (8%) and Lisa Raitt (8%) are evenly matched. One half choose “someone else”.

Among a very small sample of Conservative Party members (n=65), Raitt (12%) and Chong (10%) are tied, and followed by Chris Alexander (9%) and Kellie Leitch (8%). One half want “someone else” (48%).

“We are drawing closer to the Leadership Convention, and interested voters have had the chance to see two debates now. Yet, Conservatives still haven’t seen the candidate they want, and one half won’t support any of the people running," 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.