Yes, he has his coalition of old white men living in rural Canada, much of the immigrant “market” of suburbia, and the #BigOil country of Western Canada. But, as the poll makes clear, he still hasn’t got the majority of Canadians - which means he does not really have a fundamentally democratic mandate. He rules only because of flawed electoral and riding systems. See my post on this issue elsewhere on Tumblr: The Agonizing Challenge of Voting in 2015 http://bit.ly/VpZARN
Among the findings in the Dec. 7-12 Ipsos Reid poll: * 44 per cent of Canadians think Harper’s majority government is “working well,” while 56 per cent don’t think it is. * 45 per cent like the way Harper is “handling his job as prime minister,” while 55 per cent don’t. * 44 per cent share Harper’s “values” on where Canada should be headed, compared to 56 per who don’t. * 48 per cent think Harper’s “approach to politics” has been good for Canada, while 52 per cent don’t think so. * 44 per cent think Harper’s approach to politics has been good for Parliament, while 56 per cent don’t think so. * 43 per cent think Harper should run for office again in the next election, set for 2015, while 57 per cent think he should quit.