English-Speaking Debate Viewers Say Harper (42%) Wins Debate, Layton (25%) Narrowly Bests Ignatieff (23%),
Duceppe (2%) Just Registers
Harper’s Performance Meets Expectations, Ignatieff Fails to Impress,
But Big Winner could be Jack Layton as Majority (55%) Has Improved Impressions of NDP Leader, NDP Primary Beneficiary of Vote-Switchers
Toronto, ON – Immediately following the English-language leaders’ debate, a flash poll of debate viewers conducted by Ipsos Reid has found that four in ten (42%) English-speaking viewers say Conservative Leader Stephen Harper won the debate, up from the 34% of Canadians who, prior to the debate, thought he would win.