It's the year for renewal and, with any luck, that will include the New Democratic Party. Support for leader Tom Mulcair is flagging as the party convention nears.
Support for Thomas Mulcair appears tepid as the NDP leader heads toward a difficult vote on his leadership next month, according to a new Forum Research poll.
The March 15 poll found that 35 per cent of those surveyed approve of Mulcair’s job as NDP leader, essentially unchanged from a month before. But his support among the small group of NDP partisans interviewed by Forum fell to 67 per cent, down from 74 per cent in February.
Perhaps more troubling for the party, however, is that 36 per cent of self-identified NDP voters told Forum they’d vote Liberal if an election were held tomorrow.
“Like in the federal election, the Liberals are eating the NDP’s lunch. That’s a big defection rate,” Lorne Bozinoff, the president of Forum Research Inc., said in an interview Thursday.
What an awkward reversal of fortunes for a party that spent the better part of a decade trying to put paid to the Liberals only to find itself resoundingly consigned back to the political basement.