The CAQ emphasizes its advance, the QLP retreats

News 27 January, 2018
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    Saturday, 27-jan-2018 09:18

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    A new survey is always the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) at the head of the voting intentions of Quebecers, this time to eleven points of the Quebec liberal Party (QLP).

    The CAQ rises to 39 % of voting intentions, according to a survey Light-Duty unveiled Saturday. This is an increase of three points compared to December.

    The QLP is losing its share four points to reach 28 %. This is the lowest rate in the history of the party, according to Jean-Marc Léger, president of Léger. “It is the rate of dissatisfaction of Quebec who is behind it, he stressed in an interview with LCN. Despite the recent budget with tax cuts, people are dissatisfied and are looking for an alternative.”

    Barely one-quarter of Quebecers said that he was pleased the liberal government of Philippe Couillard. Two-thirds of the population say they are somewhat or very dissatisfied.

    For its part, the Parti québécois (PQ) has risen by one point compared to last month, which places it at 20 % in voting intentions. “For a year, this is the first time that the PQ slows down his fall,” said Mr. Light. And even if people want the CAQ [to power], there are ideas of the PQ to which the population adheres also.”

    Québec solidaire (QS) has lost two points to move to 9 %, according to the survey.

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    François Legault is designated in the survey as the best prime minister potential, with 31 %. Philippe Couillard gets a score of 16 %, followed by Jean-François Lisée, 10 %, and the two spokespersons of QS, Manon Massé, and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, at 5 %.

    The CAQ is also higher than for the first time the LIBERALS as being the party most likely to be put in power (34 % vs. 30 %). The PQ is lagging behind with 5 %. The CAQ is also the party that embodies the more the change, according to 34 % of the respondents.

    According to Mr. Leger, the chief caquiste, however, must not make the mistake of to sell the skin of the bear before having killed him. “The polls, it does not vote, he warned. Anything can happen in nine months of the elections. Especially that all the parties will turn to the CAQ for the attack”.

    Same sound of bell on the side of professor Robert Bernier of the national School of public administration. “[Mr. Legault should be careful in its statements […] in its applications. It is seven months of a general election,” he said enentrevu to LCN.

    “For liberals, this is very bad news”, he mentioned.

    Robert Bernier has clarified, however, that in all cases, “everything can change”.

    The web-based survey was conducted from 22 to 24 January, from 983 potential voters.