Harper appears safe as Conservative support softens: Poll

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks after reviewing Bedouin honour guards during his visit...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks after reviewing Bedouin honour guards during his visit to Jordan at the Royal Palace in Amman January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:07 PM ET

OTTAWA – Public enthusiasm for the Conservatives is cooling, according to a new poll, but it may still be too early to talk about possible challenges to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's leadership.

Abacus Data found that a third of all respondents said Canada was on the wrong track under the Tories and only 38% said the party is good with the direction of the country.

Abacus Data CEO David Coletto said things could still be worse for the government.

“They’re still better than they were a year ago, when more people thought the country was in the wrong direction,” he said Thursday.

When the pollster asked people who voted Conservative in the last election what they thought of the government, more than half of respondents said they’re sticking with Harper and his team.

Coletto notes, however, that still leaves one in five Tory voters who aren’t happy and another other 24% aren’t sure, that the government needs to cajole “between now and the next election.”


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