Tory base questions Harper's credibility

Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses after speaking during Question Period in the House of Commons...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses after speaking during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

OTTAWA - When Prime Minister Stephen Harper steps to the podium Friday night in Calgary and looks out over what is expected to be 3,000 delegates to this weekend's Conservative Party convention, he should know this: A lot of those people staring back at him are not sure if they can believe the story he has been telling about how Sen. Mike Duffy ended up with a $90,000 cheque from Harper's top aide.

That's one of the findings in a new poll provided exclusively to QMI Agency by Abacus Data.

In an online survey of 1,280 Canadians taken after Duffy's first bombshell speech in the Senate but before he disclosed existence of a second cheque in another Senate speech earlier this week, Abacus found that 45% of those who voted Conservative in 2011 are not sure whether to believe Duffy or the prime minister.


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