07 September 2006

Perceived Frontrunner

So finally we have some actual polling data that says the leadership race is much closer than expected. So I just wanted to thank the nation's media outlets in advance for an immediate end to the practice of tagging 'perceived frontrunner' in front of a certain candidate's name.

And I suppose I should also congratulate Bob, who turns out to not only be doing better than I thought, but better than I thought in Ontario. Whoodathunkit?

3 Comments:

Blogger knb said...

Well said! I've yet to out my cart behind any horse, but our media is out of control. Will this poll help...dunno. But if the media in this country doesn't get their act together...we're in trouble, big trouble.

September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't hold my breath yet. This doesn't seem right to me.

September 08, 2006  
Blogger Cerberus said...

I think this still just reflects name recognition more than anything else.

A similar poll to this one was taken in the spring and it showed Ignatieff - who was being called the frontrunner even then - to be way behind, fourth if I recall and a poor showing in Quebec. So he has actually shown the most growth in this poll. But I personally don't think even that makes much difference because all that means is that over the summer more Canadians have read about him and recognize his name.

That Bob Rae does the best in Ontario and Quebec underscores even more the name recognition.

A poll of non-Liberal voters doesn't amount to much. Liberals themselves are just starting to wake up to this campaign. Canadians as a whole even less so.

Ted

September 08, 2006  

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