Angus Reid survey puts the former interim Conservative Leader at 34% among core conservatives.
As the battle for the Conservative leadership begins in earnest, a new survey shows Rona Ambrose out in front.
According to the latest Angus Reid survey, Ambrose has 34% support among core conservative voters, those most likely to cast a ballot in the leadership race.
Peter MacKay is in second with 29%, while Pierre Poilievre is third with 16%.
Michelle Rempel and Brad Wall round out the top five.
The next tier includes Caroline Mulroney at 11%, Jason Kenney at 10%, and Kevin O’Leary at 9%.
Of course, some of the candidates included in the poll won’t be running the leadership race, and both Kenney and Wall have said good things about Ambrose.
Additionally, the strong numbers for both Poilievre and Rempel among core conservatives shows a potential appetite for candidates who are strong communicators and able to dominate social media as both Rempel and Poilievre do.
The poll did leave out some potential candidates, including MP Erin O’Toole, who is likely to make a second run for the CPC leadership.
So, as the leadership race unofficially gets underway, it’s looking good for Ambrose, while MacKay, Poilievre, and Rempel have good reason to believe they have a solid chance. And of course, there’s always the potential for a big surprise at some point, as most leadership races are incredibly unpredictable.
Also, it’s essential to note that ‘core conservatives’ are those who are most likely to vote Conservative, not necessarily party members, meaning these numbers can at best give a basic outline of where the party membership may be, while leaving much still to be decided.
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