Poll names Dion winner of French debate

By Harold Jansen on Oct 2, 2008

A CanWest/Global National poll of francophone voters found that Dion won the debate, Duceppe finished second, and Harper third. The sample size (637) was fairly small, but that's still an interesting and somewhat surprising finding. I didn't think Harper was that bad, but perhaps the "sit back and look prime ministerial" approach didn't play as well in French as it did in translation. In the poll results, 56% said their impressions of Dion improved while 53% said their impressions of Harper worsened. This is likely a case of Dion exceeding diminished expectations and Harper failing to deliver on heightened expectations.

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