Poll Shows Most Canadians Believe Harper To Have Been Average or Better PM


Stephen Harper will be remembered as an average or better prime minister by most Canadians, significantly more than the 31.9 per cent who voted for the Conservative Party in the last election, according to a new poll released Friday.

During a lengthy and sometimes heated campaign, the New Democrats urged voters to back Tom Mulcair to “stop Harper” once and for all.

The Liberals and Justin Trudeau won a majority government Oct. 19 based on a campaign that promised to deliver “real change” after nine years of Tory rule marked by “negative, divisive politics.”

(Sidebar: says the “politics of fearguy.)

But for all the heated rhetoric about the Conservative prime minister, Canadians say he will leave office with an average or better legacy, according to the Angus Reid Institute poll.

“Canadians are not of the view that Stephen Harper was necessarily the worst prime minister, or a terrible prime minister,” said Shachi Kurl, senior vice-president at the pollster.

While most Liberal and NDP voters think Harper was “not great,” he still has a strong base of Conservative supporters to help shore up his legacy, she said.

“There remain a significant segment of Canadians who stay right-of-centre and who would profess value for a lot of the policies that we saw during the Harper years,” including tax-cutting measures and the creation of the tax-free savings account, Kurl said.


  • UCSPanther

    Canada has just hacked it’s own nose off with a dull piece of rusted eavestroughing to spite its face.

    • mobuyus

      It looks more like a castration.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I wonder if Justin and the Liberals will follow Obama and the Democratic Party’s tactic of blaming everything on Harper.

    • I don’t know why people blame Harper for things that are clearly the fault of Poland.

      • DMB

        I blame Sweden. They value diversity over the rape of their women.

    • Jaedo Drax

      Are you sure they didn’t learn it from the Ontario Liberals and Blame Harris? (13+ years and counting)

      • Alain

        Of course that is the MO of the Left.

    • Alain

      There really is no difference other than colour between Obama and Justin and both have the same handlers and backers, so you can count on the same blame game going on.

  • Alain

    Such polls are meaningless when you poll people who know nothing of what was accomplished or really anything about policy and the results of same.

  • David